American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy: an effusive manner.
- adj. Profuse; overflowing: effusive praise.
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.
- adj. gushy; unrestrained, extravagant or excessive (in emotional expression)
- adj. archaic pouring, spilling out freely; overflowing
- adj. extrusive; having solidified after being poured out as molten lava
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. archaic Pouring out; pouring forth freely.
- adj. (Geol.) 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
- adj. extravagantly demonstrative
- adj. uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm
- From Latin effundere. (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“We are served tea by the kind of effusive waitress who works in high-end London hotels.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Politico quotes one "effusive" conservative activist , Craig Shirley:”
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