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[ef-er-ves-uh nt] /ˌɛf ərˈvɛs ənt/
effervescing; bubbling.
vivacious; gay; lively; sparkling.
Origin of effervescent
1675-85; < Latin effervēscent- (stem of effervēscēns), present participle of effervēscere to effervesce; see -ent
Related forms
effervescently, adverb
noneffervescent, adjective
noneffervescently, adverb
uneffervescent, adjective
uneffervescently, adverb Unabridged
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  • In the effervescent glow of a boom, the city is besotted with fancy cars.
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  • Exuberance is an abounding, ebullient, effervescent emotion.
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  • The effervescent ballet began and ended with parades.
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  • Her prose was at once effervescent and smooth, and its clarity and precision sprang from the astringency of her vision.
British Dictionary definitions for effervescent


(of a liquid) giving off bubbles of gas; bubbling
high-spirited; vivacious
Derived Forms
effervescence, noun
effervescently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for effervescent

1680s, from Latin effervescentem (nominative effervescens), present participle of effervescere (see effervescence). Meaning "exuberant" is from 1833.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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