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[ig-zoo-ber-uh nt]
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  1. effusively and almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic; lavishly abundant: an exuberant welcome for the hero.
  2. abounding in vitality; extremely joyful and vigorous.
  3. extremely good; overflowing; plentiful: exuberant health.
  4. profuse in growth or production; luxuriant; superabundant: exuberant vegetation.
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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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  • 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


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

Word Origin

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


  1. Proliferating or growing excessively.
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