See also: exubérant



From Middle French exubérant, 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.


  • IPA(key): /ɪɡˈzuːbəɹənt/
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exuberant (comparative more exuberant, superlative most exuberant)

  1. (of people) Very high-spirited; extremely energetic and enthusiastic.
    Synonyms: buoyant, cheerful, high-spirited
    exuberant feeling
    • 1882, Frank R. Stockton, "The Lady or the Tiger?":
      He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.
    • 1961, Joseph Heller, Catch-22:
      She was a tall, earthy, exuberant girl with long hair and a pretty face.
  2. (literary, of things that grow) Abundant, luxuriant.
    Synonyms: profuse, superabundant
    exuberant foliage
    • 1852, The Ark, and Odd Fellows' Western Magazine
      It pencilled each flower with rich and variegated hues, and threw over its exuberant foliage a vesture of emerald green.
    • 1972, Ken Lemmon, "Restoration Work at Studley Royal," Garden History, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 22:
      The County Architect's Department is starting to pleach trees to open up these vistas, now almost hidden by the exuberant growth.


Further readingEdit


  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.




  1. third-person plural present active indicative of exūberō