[ig-zoo-ber-uh nt]


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.

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
Related formsex·u·ber·ant·ly, adverbo·ver·ex·u·ber·ant, adjectiveo·ver·ex·u·ber·ant·ly, adverbun·ex·u·ber·ant, adjectiveun·ex·u·ber·ant·ly, adverb
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Related Words for exuberantly

energetically, enthusiastically, zealously

Examples from the Web for exuberantly

Contemporary Examples of exuberantly

  • But a drizzly ten minutes later, an exuberantly overweight man with a bright-red face suddenly roared his taxi around the corner.

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    The Resurgence of British Cuisine

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    January 17, 2014

  • One early problem for the exuberantly hatted legislator: The House has forbidden headwear since 1837.

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    Freshmen Hit the Hill

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    January 4, 2011

  • Alter recounts the story of an exuberantly hopeful new president—winning the White House after overcoming enormous obstacles.

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    Paul Begala on What Obama's Reading

    Paul Begala

    November 19, 2008

Historical Examples of exuberantly

  • Then he trotted after Jan and the children and was exuberantly glad to see Meg again.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • Blanche was too exuberantly happy at the moment to be damped by any rebuke.


    Janet Milne Rae

  • He praised Buchanan, if not exuberantly, still sufficiently.

    Martin Van Buren

    Edward M. Shepard

  • As Mrs. Loring had said, he was good-looking, but too exuberantly so.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

  • "It could not possibly be better occupied," he said exuberantly.

British Dictionary definitions for exuberantly



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 exuberantly



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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exuberantly in Medicine




Proliferating or growing excessively.
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