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

  • adj. Zestfully enthusiastic.
  • adj. Boiling or seeming to boil; bubbling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. boiling, agitated, enthusiastic, high-spirited

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Boiling up or over; hence, manifesting exhilaration or excitement, as of feeling; effervescing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Boiling over, as a liquid; overflowing; hence, over-enthusiastic; overdemonstrative.

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

  • adj. joyously unrestrained

Etymologies

Latin ēbulliēns, ēbullient-, present participle of ēbullīre, to bubble up : ē-, ex-, up, out; see ex- + bullīre, to bubble, boil.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin bullire ("to bubble up") (English boil). Compare bubbling, bubbly, and perky, which give a similar image. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My own vote for best-dressed (and there were several contenders) goes to Caldecott Chair Gratia Banta, truly chic, glamorous and in ebullient in a strapless, shimmering orange gold gown that looked to me like it was made of silk shantung.

    And they medalled!

  • I called the ebullient Mr. Posner and asked him for advice for the business owner struggling to build a great online reputation.

    NYT > Home Page

  • A happy word following a disastrous incident: The Chilean miner "Super Mario" Sepulveda was described as "ebullient," or "showing liveliness and enthusiasm," after he finally emerged from the collapsed mine.

    Our 'Pragmatic,' 'Ebullient' Year of 'Austerity'

  • In the case of words like "ebullient" and "shellacking," people are searching because they don't know what the heck they mean.

    Our 'Pragmatic,' 'Ebullient' Year of 'Austerity'

  • Anyone who paints "ebullient" on a clothespin qualifies as interesting.

    Clothespins and Crabb

  • Posner said he doesn't expect returns to regain the heights attained before the financial crisis, when markets were "ebullient" and capital requirements were lower.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • A number of media outlets used "ebullient" to describe events around the rescue of the

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • In a way, that is somewhat analogous to Obama, although you often hear people use the word "ebullient" with FDR.

    Bookslut

  • When asked by the NY Post's Fred Dicker if the choice wasn't about gender or geography, why did he pick a woman from upstate over more senior politicians, like Carolyn Maloney, Paterson-who said Andrew Cuomo was "ebullient" over Gillibrand - answered that Gillibrand has an incredible command of many issues, noting that she skillfully defended her voting against the financial bailout packages, and managed to win a very Republican district twice.

    Gothamist

  • Chrysler informed its dealers about the Fiat deal in a conference call yesterday morning, causing waves of positive sentiment voiced with words and phrases like "ebullient" and "a great shot at survival."

    The Car Connection

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  • From "Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers (p. 60): "One day the manager of Webster Clothes, a menswear store across the road, had come into the drugstore and, admiring Kathy's ebullient personality, asked her if she'd be willing to quit K&B or, if not, take a second job at Webster."

    July 29, 2012

  • I came back, as I wrote you, feeling utterly exhausted. The feeling is wearing away, but I am far from being ebullient.

    Anaïs Nin, A Literate Passion

    December 14, 2011

  • Just had to look this up as I used it in another comment - and it meant what I thought it meant.

    May 25, 2011

  • 1. overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited: The award winner was in an ebullient mood at the dinner in her honor.
    2. bubbling up like a boiling liquid

    March 18, 2009