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  1. unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve: effusive greetings; an effusive person.
  2. pouring out; overflowing.
  3. Geology. extrusive(def 3).
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Origin of effusive

First recorded in 1655–65; effuse + -ive
Related formsef·fu·sive·ly, adverbef·fu·sive·ness, nounnon·ef·fu·sive, adjectivenon·ef·fu·sive·ly, adverbnon·ef·fu·sive·ness, nouno·ver·ef·fu·sive, adjectiveo·ver·ef·fu·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·ef·fu·sive·ness, nounun·ef·fu·sive, adjectiveun·ef·fu·sive·ly, adverbun·ef·fu·sive·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of over-effusive

  • I felt under Mrs. Jackson's over-effusive greeting the effort it was for her to appear easy and cordial.

    The Fifth Wheel

    Olive Higgins Prouty

British Dictionary definitions for over-effusive


  1. extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing
  2. (of rock) formed by the solidification of magma
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Derived Formseffusively, adverbeffusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-effusive



1660s, from Latin effus-, stem of effundere (see effusion) + -ive. Related: Effusively.

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