Definitions

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

  • adj. Full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy.
  • adj. Lavish; extravagant.
  • adj. Extreme in degree, size, or extent.
  • adj. Growing, producing, or produced abundantly; plentiful: "Threads of her exuberant hair showed up at the bottom of the sink” ( Anne Tyler). See Synonyms at profuse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very high-spirited; extremely energetic and enthusiastic.
  • adj. Abundant, luxuriant, profuse, superabundant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by abundance or superabundance; plenteous; rich; overflowing; copious or excessive in production

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by abundance; copious to excess; overflowing; superabundant; luxuriant: as, exuberant fertility; exuberant imagination.

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

  • adj. unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
  • adj. produced or growing in extreme abundance
  • adj. joyously unrestrained

Etymologies

Middle English, overabundant, from Old French, from Latin exūberāns, exūberant-, present participle of exūberāre, to exuberate; see exuberate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exūberāns, the present active participle of exūberō ("be abundant"). Put together from ex ("out"), and uber ("udder"), and originally would have referred to a cow or she-goat which was making so much milk that it naturally dripped or sprayed from the udder. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Barker admired what he called her exuberant vitality, and expressed his opinion that people with a digestion like that were always having a good time.

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  • Whether we'll get back to what I call exuberant of the past, I don't know.

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  • Chavez and his cronies live in exuberant luxury, they love their privileges, ferraris and desinger clothing.

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  • Once Tribble returned the kickoff to the BC 37 for the final play, the Wolfpack sideline spilled onto the field in exuberant celebration.

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  • Surreal lamppost sculptures, "Composition Exubérante de Réverbères Hybrides," by Niçois artists Pascal Pinaud and Stéphane Magnin, are true to their name -- in English, exuberant hybrid streetlamps -- and light up the university quarter of Saint-Jean d'Angely.

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  • I'll leave you with a funny Emily quote (she has a new obsession with the word exuberant):

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  • His poetry appears in exuberant colours and only rarely takes on the character of melodious music; but it is all the more plastic in the creation of forms suited to expressing feelings and ideas.

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  • The crowd followed us to the boat, and shouted and waved in exuberant Papuan style as we sailed away; while the Arabs, incongruous amid their surroundings – gay for the day in long white flowing robes, broidered vests, and bright-coloured turbans – stood on the very edge, watching us as far as they could see us, with evident sadness that their short intercourse with the outer world had already ended.

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  • "We know we can effect positive change outside government at this point in time on another scale and actually make a difference for our priorities," she said, flanked by her husband, Todd, and members of their family -- whom she described as exuberant supporters of her resignation.

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  • Having decorated my room as a teenager with these kind of posters, I’m a sucker for pyschedelia, but what really struck me about the display was the word exuberant’ in the exhibition title.

    EXUBERANCE!

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