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

  • adjective Full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy.
  • adjective Unrestrained or lavish, as in decoration; extravagant.
  • adjective Abundant; plentiful: synonym: profuse.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

  • adjective of people Very high-spirited; extremely energetic and enthusiastic.
  • adjective of things that grow Abundant, luxuriant, profuse, superabundant.

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

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


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

[Middle English, overabundant, from Old French, from Latin exūberāns, exūberant-, present participle of exūberāre, to exuberate; see exuberate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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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.

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