Definition of ebullient in English:



  • 1Cheerful and full of energy.

    ‘she sounded ebullient and happy’
    • ‘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 ebullient mood of those works has been recaptured here, with a surprising overlay of Americana.’
    • ‘Either way, it has left Downes in ebullient mood and ready to come out fighting.’
    • ‘And he was deeply saddened that such an ebullient personality was nearing an end.’
    • ‘The mood is still ebullient when Gilman takes the stage the next morning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Clarinet Sonata is a delightfully ebullient, bouncy score.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyway, she was a vivacious, ebullient sort of girl, and I took an immediate liking to her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Christina was in quite an ebullient mood during our session today.’
    • ‘The Olympic track cycling programme is over and the mood in the British camp, quite rightly, is ebullient.’
    • ‘The G major quartet is a bubbly and infectious work throughout containing much music that is ebullient and tuneful.’
    • ‘On the surface, the music is brash, ebullient, jaunty, but also technically well crafted and even refined.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘His mood was ebullient, and he had every reason to be satisfied.’
    • ‘But he still hadn't lost his ebullient, blaring voice or that sparkle in his blue eyes.’
    • ‘Overall, the effect of the three series is ebullient, unfolding and generous.’
    • ‘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.’
    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, irrepressible
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  • 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’.