Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or condition of being exuberant.
  • noun An exuberant act, expression, or display.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being exuberant; exceeding abundance; an overflowing supply; superabundance; luxuriance: as, exuberance of foliage or of fancy.
  • noun Synonyms Abundance, Profusion, etc. (see plenty); copiousness, plenitude, amplitude, overflow, superabundance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being exuberant; an overflowing quantity; a copious or excessive production or supply; superabundance; richness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The quality of being exuberant; cheerful or vigorous enthusiasm; liveliness.
  • noun An instance of exuberant behaviour.

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

  • noun joyful enthusiasm
  • noun overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin exuberare ("to grow thickly, to abound"); 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.

Examples

  • The word exuberance has appeared in 250 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Oct. 9 in the Bats blog post "Cardinals Take On the Beast" by Pat Borzi:

    NYT > Home Page

  • Learn more about the word "exuberance" and see usage examples across a range of subjects on the Vocabulary.com dictionary.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Ten-year yields set a record low this week as investors snapped up Treasuries on signs of slowing growth and a widening debt crisis in Europe, undeterred by Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the U.S. Bill Gross at Pacific Investment Management Co. said in a Twitter posting that investors should "be leery" of what he called "exuberance" that sent stocks up and bonds down yesterday.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • A little irrational exuberance is good for the soul from time to time.

    I'd Rather Let The Flowers Keep Doing What They Do Best

  • Luka and the Fire of Life zings along with a palpable sense of Otter-like excess: its exuberance is inextricably linked to its profligacy with puns, rhymes, one-liners and snippets of nonsense.

    Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie - review

  • When Jake emerges in avatar form, he can not only walk but also run and leap, and his exuberance is infectious.

    Weak script? No one will care when 'Avatar' looks so good

  • Countering Cupid's exuberance is Paulson's rigid, almost ridiculously down-to-earth Dr. Claire McCrae.

    Second-shot 'Cupid' slings too many arrows

  • After closing out the victory with a drive volley, Federer raised a fist as he skipped on the clay — a rare display of exuberance from the Swiss champion.

    Federer finds stroke, reaches semifinals; Safina rallies again

  • This exuberance is reflected in some other films I like, including Ed Wood, Boogie Nights, American Movie, and Day for Night -- all of which are about people who just plain love to make movies.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • This exuberance is reflected in some other films I like, including Ed Wood, Boogie Nights, American Movie, and Day for Night -- all of which are about people who just plain love to make movies.

    Be Kind Rewind = Movie for people who love movies

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