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Friday, December 22, 2017

Definitions for abubble

  1. characterized by intense enthusiasm or activity: The store was abubble with last-minute shoppers.
  2. bubbling, as while cooking or boiling.

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Citations for abubble
Suddenly Piggy was a-bubble with decorous excitement. William Golding, Lord of the Flies, 1954
He'd got the idea for the quartet that he was never to finish, and he was enchanted, abubble with enthusiasm ... Joan Brady, Death Comes for Peter Pan, 1996
Origin of abubble
There are English adjectives that, like abubble, can be used only in the predicate and not as attributives, such as aglow and asleep: one can say “The baby is asleep,” but not “the asleep baby.” These predicative adjectives are in origin noun phrases consisting of the preposition on governing a following noun, which also explains why predicate adjectives show no degree of comparison (e.g., asleeper, asleepest) and cannot be modified by adverbs (e.g., “The baby is extremely asleep”). Abubble entered English in the 18th century.
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