- full of expression; meaningful: an expressive shrug.
- serving to express; indicative of power to express: a look expressive of gratitude.
- of, relating to, or concerned with expression: Dance is a highly expressive art.
- Sociology. (of a crowd or group) engaging in nonpurposeful activity of an expressive and often rhythmic nature, as weeping, dancing, or shouting.Compare active(def 15), orgiastic(def 2).
- Linguistics. of or relating to forms in which sounds denote a semantic field directly and nonarbitrarily, through sound symbolism based, to some degree, on synesthesia, as observable in onomatopoeia, rhyming and gradational compounds, and emotionally charged words such as hypocoristics and pejoratives.
Origin of expressive
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Examples from the Web for expressively
As Irwin expressively stated: “The devil may have worn Prada, but not this Pope.”Shocker: Pope Benedict's Red Shoes Weren't Prada
Misty White Sidell
March 1, 2013
I don't want any more revenge,' said Miss Pecksniff, expressively.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
And here Mrs. Nelligan uplifted her hands and eyes most expressively.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
The vote in favor of the resolutions was expressively large.
They called mutely but expressively for the throat of the man who dared.The Place of Honeymoons
"He has called on him twice, sir," said Ripton, expressively.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete
- of, involving, or full of expression
- (postpositive foll by of) indicative or suggestive (of)a look expressive of love
- having a particular meaning, feeling, or force; significant
Word Origin and History for expressively
c.1400, "tending to press out," from French expressif, from expres "clear, plain," from stem of Latin exprimere (see express (v.)). Meaning "full of expression" is from 1680s. Related: Expressively; expressiveness.