[ pruh-fyoos ]
/ prəˈfyus /


spending or giving freely and in large amount, often to excess; extravagant (often followed by in): profuse praise.
made or done freely and abundantly: profuse apologies.
abundant; in great amount.

Nearby words

  1. profound,
  2. profoundly,
  3. profoundly deaf,
  4. profumo,
  5. profundity,
  6. profusely,
  7. profusion,
  8. profusive,
  9. prog,
  10. prog rock

Origin of profuse

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin profūsus, past participle of profundere to pour out or forth. See pro-1, fuse2

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Synonym study

1. See lavish. 3. See ample. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for profuse


/ (prəˈfjuːs) /


plentiful, copious, or abundantprofuse compliments
(often foll by in) free or generous in the giving (of)profuse in thanks
Derived Formsprofusely, adverbprofuseness or profusion, noun

Word Origin for profuse

C15: from Latin profundere to pour lavishly

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Word Origin and History for profuse



early 15c., "lavish, extravagant," from Latin profusus "spread out, lavish, extravagant," literally "poured forth," noun use of past participle of profundere "pour forth," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Meaning "bountiful" is from c.1600. Related: Profusely; profuseness.

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