- 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.
Origin of profuse
Antonyms for profuse
Examples from the Web for profusely
Contemporary Examples of profusely
They thanked him profusely for his public service, apologized for Republican hectoring, and complained about decorum.House Republicans Take on John Koskinen: Scenes From an IRS Sideshow
June 24, 2014
Then, of course, there was the time he was allegedly spotted sleeping during a Springsteen show, which he profusely denied.Best Lines From the GOP Convention: Christie, McCain & More (Videos)
Caitlin Dickson, Laura Colarusso
August 31, 2012
This time, he profusely apologized to his staff, and more important, to his wife.Weiner Should’ve Taken the Letterman Approach
June 13, 2011
They have all been significant, though none has been as profusely emotional as the first.Iraq's Political Miracle
March 3, 2010
Historical Examples of profusely
It was profusely strewed with the plunder of that unlucky fortress.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
And then these extra prayers were printed so prettily, they rhymed so profusely.Dreamers of the Ghetto
In the evening I perspired so profusely that my bed had to be changed.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It is profusely and beautifully illustrated; a handsome volume.No Animal Food
Rupert H. Wheldon
The book is profusely illustrated by Charles Copeland and other artists.Wood Folk at School
William J. Long
- plentiful, copious, or abundantprofuse compliments
- (often foll by in) free or generous in the giving (of)profuse in thanks
Word Origin 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.