[ pruh-fyoos, proh‐ ]
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  1. spending or giving freely and in large amount, often to excess; extravagant (often followed by in): profuse praise.

  2. made or done freely and abundantly: profuse apologies.

  1. abundant; in great amount.

Origin of profuse

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin profūsus, past participle of profundere “to pour out or forth”; see pro-1, fuse2

synonym study For profuse

1. See lavish. 3. See ample.

Opposites for profuse

Other words from profuse

  • pro·fuse·ly, adverb
  • pro·fuse·ness, noun
  • un·pro·fuse, adjective
  • un·pro·fuse·ness, noun

Words Nearby profuse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use profuse in a sentence

  • The details, which although profuse, in no way obscure the work as a whole, are so interesting.

  • He was a profuse talker; ran a stream every time you looked at him; it was like turning on a mill-race.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • It was at this point that some young villager called, in profuse compliment: "Three cheers for the Prince!"

  • The high altar is very choice and beautiful; and the contiguous decorations are profuse and exquisite.

British Dictionary definitions for profuse


/ (prəˈfjuːs) /

  1. plentiful, copious, or abundant: profuse compliments

  2. (often foll by in) free or generous in the giving (of): profuse in thanks

Origin of profuse

C15: from Latin profundere to pour lavishly

Derived forms of profuse

  • profusely, adverb
  • profuseness or profusion, noun

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