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[ig-zoo-ber-uh nt] /ɪgˈzu bər ənt/
effusively and almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic; lavishly abundant:
an exuberant welcome for the hero.
abounding in vitality; extremely joyful and vigorous.
extremely good; overflowing; plentiful:
exuberant health.
profuse in growth or production; luxuriant; superabundant:
exuberant vegetation.
Origin of exuberant
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin exūberant- (stem of exūberāns), present participle of exūberāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + ūberāre to be fruitful (derivative of ūber fertile); see -ant
Related forms
exuberantly, adverb
overexuberant, adjective
overexuberantly, adverb
unexuberant, adjective
unexuberantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Funerals are big social events at which grief is expressed openly and exuberantly.
  • Nonetheless, the movie lacks an element of the symbolic or the exuberantly garish.
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  • Yet cancer cells that split off from the main tumor and lodge elsewhere in the body not only survive but can grow exuberantly.
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  • The motif also appears in the exuberantly ornamented ceiling.
  • It would be easier to tell you what will not grow than to tell of all which will grow and grow exuberantly, as well.
British Dictionary definitions for exuberantly


abounding in vigour and high spirits; full of vitality
lavish or effusive; excessively elaborate: exuberant compliments
growing luxuriantly or in profusion
Derived Forms
exuberance, noun
exuberantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin exūberāns, from ūberāre to be fruitful, from ūber fertile
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Word Origin and History for exuberantly



mid-15c., from Middle French exubérant and directly from Latin exuberantem (nominative exuberans) "overabundance," present participle of exuberare "be abundant, grow luxuriously," from ex- "thoroughly" + uberare "be fruitful," related to uber "udder," from PIE root *eue-dh-r- (see udder). Related: Exuberantly; exuberate; exuberating.

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exuberantly in Medicine

exuberant ex·u·ber·ant (ĭg-zōō'bər-ənt)
Proliferating or growing excessively.

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