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  • Ebullient — E*bul lient, a. [L. ebulliens, entis, p. pr. of ebullire to boil up, bubble up; e out, from + bullire to boil. See 1st {Boil}.] Boiling up or over; hence, manifesting exhilaration or excitement, as of feeling; effervescing. Ebullient with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ebullient — 1590s, boiling, from L. ebullientem (nom. ebulliens), prp. of ebullire to boil over, literally and figuratively, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + bullire to bubble (see BOIL (Cf. boil) (v.)). Figurative sense of enthusiastic …   Etymology dictionary

  • ebullient — is pronounced with the second syllable as in bulb, not as in bull …   Modern English usage

  • ebullient — [adj] enthusiastic agitated, bouncy, brash, buoyant, chipper*, chirpy*, efferves cent, effusive, elated, excited, exhilarated, exuberant, frothy*, gushing, high spirited, in high spirits*, irrepressible, vivacious, zestful, zippy*; concept 401… …   New thesaurus

  • ebullient — ► ADJECTIVE 1) cheerful and full of energy. 2) archaic or literary boiling or agitated as if boiling. DERIVATIVES ebullience noun ebulliently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin ebullire boil up …   English terms dictionary

  • ebullient — [i bool′yənt, ibul′yənt] adj. [L ebulliens, prp. of ebullire, to boil up < e , out + bullire, BOIL1] 1. bubbling; boiling 2. overflowing with enthusiasm, high spirits, etc.; exuberant ebullience n. ebulliency ebulliently adv …   English World dictionary

  • ebullient — adjective Etymology: Latin ebullient , ebulliens, present participle of ebullire to bubble out, from e + bullire to bubble, boil more at boil Date: 1599 1. boiling, agitated 2. characterized by ebullience ; having or showing liveliness and …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ebullient — ebulliently, adv. /i bul yeuhnt, i bool /, adj. 1. overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high spirited: The award winner was in an ebullient mood at the dinner in her honor. 2. bubbling up like a boiling liquid. [1590 1600; < L… …   Universalium

  • ebullient — [[t]ɪbʌ̱liənt, b ʊl [/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as ebullient, you mean that they are lively and full of enthusiasm or excitement about something. [FORMAL] ...the ebullient Russian President. Syn: exhilarated Derived words: ebullience …   English dictionary

  • ebullient — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. excited; boiling. See excitement, agitation. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. exuberant, effervescent, vivacious; see enthusiastic 1 , 3 , lively 2 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.… …   English dictionary for students

  • ebullient — e|bul|li|ent [ıˈbʌliənt, ıˈbu ] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: ebullire to bubble out ] very happy and excited ▪ My father is a naturally ebullient personality. >ebullience n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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