An example of exuberant is a child on Christmas morning.
- growing profusely; luxuriant or prolific: exuberant vegetation
- characterized by good health and high spirits; full of life; uninhibited
- overly elaborate; flowery
- very great; extreme
Origin of exuberantMiddle English ; from Classical Latin exuberans: see exuberance
- Full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy: exuberant sports fans; exuberant smiles.
- Unrestrained or lavish, as in decoration; extravagant: exuberant floral displays.
- Abundant; plentiful: “Threads of her exuberant hair showed up at the bottom of the sink” (Anne Tyler). See Synonyms at profuse.
Origin of exuberantMiddle English, overabundant, from Old French, from Latin ex&umacron;berans, ex&umacron;berant-, present participle of ex&umacron;berare, to exuberate; see exuberate.
(comparative more exuberant, superlative most exuberant)
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.