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exuberant adj
1 joyously unrestrained [syn: ebullient, high-spirited]
2 unrestrained in especially feelings; "extravagant praise"; "exuberant compliments"; "overweening ambition"; "overweening greed" [syn: excessive, extravagant, overweening]
3 produced or growing in extreme abundance; "their riotous blooming" [syn: lush, luxuriant, profuse, riotous]

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English

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. In the context of "of people": Very high-spirited; extremely energetic or enthusiastic.
    • 1882, Frank R. Stockton, "The Lady or the Tiger?",
      He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.
    • 1961, Joseph Heller, Catch-22,
      She was a tall, earthy, exuberant girl with long hair and a pretty face.
  2. In the context of "of things that grow": Abundant, luxuriant.
    • 1972, Ken Lemmon, "Restoration Work at Studley Royal," Garden History, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 22,
      The County Architect's Department is starting to pleach trees to open up these vistas, now almost hidden by the exuberant growth.

Translations

people very high-spirited
  • Portuguese: exuberante
things that grow abundant, luxuriant
  • Portuguese: exuberante
  • German: ausufernd

References

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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