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[pruh-fyoos] /prəˈfyus/
spending or giving freely and in large amount, often to excess; extravagant (often followed by in):
profuse praise.
made or done freely and abundantly:
profuse apologies.
abundant; in great amount.
Origin of profuse
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin profūsus, past participle of profundere to pour out or forth. See pro-1, fuse2
Related forms
profusely, adverb
profuseness, noun
unprofuse, adjective
unprofusely, adverb
unprofuseness, noun
1. See lavish. 3. See ample.
1. thrifty. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for profuse
  • Mullet are so profuse they will literally jump into a fisherman's boat.
  • Although it's not a profuse display, half the meteors leave glowing trails.
  • Despite profuse apologies from my fellow-countryman, our hostess refused to speak to him for several days.
  • He never indulges in needless extravagance of rhetoric, lavish epithets, profuse imagery.
  • profuse in his farewells, he got down again as the coachman got up.
  • Rather, they would be munificent givers of foreign aid, vigorous investors abroad and profuse lenders.
  • It looks over a green belt of profuse tropical vegetation intersected by a solitary railway line.
  • Because events in our everyday experience are profuse and connected, everyday time appears continuous.
  • Other less specific signs include nausea, profuse sweating and fainting.
British Dictionary definitions for profuse


plentiful, copious, or abundant: profuse compliments
(often foll by in) free or generous in the giving (of): profuse in thanks
Derived Forms
profusely, adverb
profuseness, profusion, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin profundere to pour lavishly
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Word Origin and History for profuse

early 15c., "lavish, extravagant," from Latin profusus "spread out, lavish, extravagant," literally "poured forth," noun use of past participle of profundere "pour forth," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Meaning "bountiful" is from c.1600. Related: Profusely; profuseness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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