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1Cheerful and full of energy:‘she sounded ebullient and happy’
exuberant, buoyant, cheerful, joyful, cheery, merry, sunny, breezy, jaunty, light-hearted, in high spirits, high-spirited, exhilarated, elated, euphoric, jubilant, animated, sparkling, effervescent, vivacious, enthusiastic, irrepressiblebubbly, bouncy, peppy, zingy, upbeat, chipper, chirpy, smiley, sparky, full of beanspeartgladsome, blithe, blithesomegayas merry as a grig, of good cheerView synonyms
- ‘The Olympic track cycling programme is over and the mood in the British camp, quite rightly, is ebullient.’
- ‘Anyway, she was a vivacious, ebullient sort of girl, and I took an immediate liking to her.’
- ‘But as the Republican cavalcade ploughed through rainswept rural Wisconsin and Iowa this week, the shadowy chief architect of the Bush presidency could barely have been more ebullient.’
- ‘Getting off the ship on to a fast boat and later on to the jetty at the Coast Guard headquarters in Fort Kochi, the three fishermen looked ebullient and happy.’
- ‘The mood is still ebullient when Gilman takes the stage the next morning.’
- ‘Christina was in quite an ebullient mood during our session today.’
- ‘The Clarinet Sonata is a delightfully ebullient, bouncy score.’
- ‘He was the source of many jokes for being overly happy and ebullient.’
- ‘Technically, the economy was in recovery after 1975, but the mood was anything but ebullient.’
- ‘His mood was ebullient, and he had every reason to be satisfied.’
- ‘Either way, it has left Downes in ebullient mood and ready to come out fighting.’
- ‘The G major quartet is a bubbly and infectious work throughout containing much music that is ebullient and tuneful.’
- ‘The ebullient mood of those works has been recaptured here, with a surprising overlay of Americana.’
- ‘Overall, the effect of the three series is ebullient, unfolding and generous.’
- ‘He's funny, he's ebullient, he has endless energy, and when he gets going on a tirade, he has the rhythmic passion of generations of Irish-Catholic priests!’
- ‘While her career's still at full tilt, she's typically ebullient when asked what she might do if she ever decided to leave the spotlight for a while.’
- ‘And he was deeply saddened that such an ebullient personality was nearing an end.’
- ‘On the surface, the music is brash, ebullient, jaunty, but also technically well crafted and even refined.’
- ‘It can now be revealed that the ebullient cockney was very worried about his protégé, the man he has called the best fighter he was ever worked with.’
- ‘But he still hadn't lost his ebullient, blaring voice or that sparkle in his blue eyes.’
2archaic (of liquid or matter) boiling or agitated as if boiling:‘misted and ebullient seas’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘boiling’): from Latin ebullient- boiling up, from the verb ebullire, from e- (variant of ex-) out + bullire to boil.
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