[ ig-zoo-ber-uh nt ]
/ ɪgˈzu bər ənt /


effusively and almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic; lavishly abundant: an exuberant welcome for the hero.
abounding in vitality; extremely joyful and vigorous.
extremely good; overflowing; plentiful: exuberant health.
profuse in growth or production; luxuriant; superabundant: exuberant vegetation.

Nearby words

  1. extrusion,
  2. extrusion press,
  3. extrusive,
  4. extubation,
  5. exuberance,
  6. exuberate,
  7. exudate,
  8. exudation,
  9. exudation cyst,
  10. exudative inflammation

Origin of exuberant

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin exūberant- (stem of exūberāns), present participle of exūberāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ūberāre to be fruitful (derivative of ūber fertile); see -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for exuberant


/ (ɪɡˈzjuːbərənt) /


abounding in vigour and high spirits; full of vitality
lavish or effusive; excessively elaborateexuberant compliments
growing luxuriantly or in profusion
Derived Formsexuberance, nounexuberantly, adverb

Word Origin for exuberant

C15: from Latin exūberāns, from ūberāre to be fruitful, from ūber fertile

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Word Origin and History for exuberant



mid-15c., from Middle French exubérant and directly from Latin exuberantem (nominative exuberans) "overabundance," present participle of exuberare "be abundant, grow luxuriously," from ex- "thoroughly" + uberare "be fruitful," related to uber "udder," from PIE root *eue-dh-r- (see udder). Related: Exuberantly; exuberate; exuberating.

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Medicine definitions for exuberant


[ ĭg-zōōbər-ənt ]


Proliferating or growing excessively.

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