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[ih-fyoo-siv] /ɪˈfyu sɪv/
unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve:
effusive greetings; an effusive person.
pouring out; overflowing.
Geology, extrusive (def 3).
Origin of effusive
1655-65; effuse + -ive
Related forms
effusively, adverb
effusiveness, noun
noneffusive, adjective
noneffusively, adverb
noneffusiveness, noun
overeffusive, adjective
overeffusively, adverb
overeffusiveness, noun
uneffusive, adjective
uneffusively, adverb
uneffusiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for effusive
  • His more effusive colleague had come over for the day to listen.
  • The style is sentimental and effusive, but it is also winning.
  • Everyone in the department was thrilled and effusive with praise when the book came out.
  • He's effusive in his sympathy for the fired bankers.
  • The reviews from the pros were a little more cautious but nonetheless effusive.
  • At a time when much music criticism tended to be effusive and flowery, his sharp, elegant prose came as a bracing surprise.
  • Please make your praise as specific and effusive as possible.
  • He was the object of the most effusive praise for his humor, warmth and ability to make the Torah come alive.
  • He heaped effusive praise on his old rival, a man he scorned in life.
  • Critics have been generous, but not as effusive.
British Dictionary definitions for effusive


extravagantly demonstrative of emotion; gushing
(of rock) formed by the solidification of magma
Derived Forms
effusively, adverb
effusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for effusive

1660s, from Latin effus-, stem of effundere (see effusion) + -ive. Related: Effusively.

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