Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy: an effusive manner.
  • adj. Profuse; overflowing: effusive praise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. gushy; unrestrained, extravagant or excessive (in emotional expression)
  • adj. pouring, spilling out freely; overflowing
  • adj. extrusive; having solidified after being poured out as molten lava

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pouring out; pouring forth freely.
  • adj. formed by an outpouring of molten lava, or pertaining to rocks so formed.
  • adj. overly demonstrative; expressing emotion in an unrestrained manner; exhibiting unrestrained enthusiasm; -- of people and human actions. Contrasted with reserved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pouring out; flowing forth profusely: as, effusive speech.
  • Hence Making an extravagant or undue exhibition of feeling.
  • Poured abroad; spread or poured freely.
  • n. In petrography, a volcanic rock poured out on the surface of the earth: contrasted with intrusive rocks. Also extrusive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extravagantly demonstrative
  • adj. uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm

Etymologies

From Latin effundere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A perfect example of Hodgkin’s sharp personality is the small You Are My Sunshine, which, like a sycophant’s true feelings, contains a snide black core within effusive, almost hyper orange and yellow.

    Howard’s Blend

  • So boring, from the Pierce Brosnan comparison through the description of him as "astute", "effective", "effusive"- sorry that last one describes the tenor of the article rather than the man- it is simply nothing more than p.r.

    Establishment

  • As he felt the young fellow's eyes upon him he recalled the effusive piety of his conversation at Tyler Sudley's house, his animadversions on violin-playing and liquor-drinking, and Brother Peter Vickers's mild and merciful attitude toward sinners in those un-spiced sermons of his, that held out such affluence of hope to the repentant rather than to the self-righteous.

    The Moonshiners At Hoho-Hebee Falls 1895

  • We are served tea by the kind of effusive waitress who works in high-end London hotels.

    Johann Hari: Meet the Ex-Jihadis

  • Rebecca's mother was not "effusive" about Rebecca's pregnancy not because she rejected the idea of a pregnancy, but because of who she was having the baby with: her Buddhist teacher who was already married and has a young child.

    Rebecca Walker

  • When he complained at the front desk, he got nothing but effusive, meaningless praise -- oh yes, the most wonderful guest must be correct, our criminal staff is surely at fault -- and a bill for the previous night's stay.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • If I recall correctly, my tone was one of jaw-dropped admiration and the kind of effusive praise that can only come from the young and impressionable vis-a-vis their encounter with an artist who either works proudly outside the mainstream or has found a way to subvert the norm from within.

    Box Office Prophets

  • A warm, empathetic character who benefits from Faour's lively, ebullient presence, Muna is the kind of effusive person who can't help offering a U.S. customs officer the unsolicited observation that "my husband, he is not a good man."

    The News Tribune Blogs

  • Chinese media have avoided the kind of effusive reception Obama has received in Europe, and police shooed away people on Beijing streets waiting to snap pictures of his motorcade.

    Latest News - Yahoo!7 News

  • Politico quotes one "effusive" conservative activist [4], Craig Shirley:

    Progressive Democrats of America Blog

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  • –adjective 1. unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve: effusive greetings; an effusive person. 2. pouring out; overflowing.

    September 22, 2008