Definition of ebullient in English:



  • 1Cheerful and full of energy.

    ‘she sounded ebullient and happy’
    • ‘Christina was in quite an ebullient mood during our session today.’
    • ‘His mood was ebullient, and he had every reason to be satisfied.’
    • ‘And he was deeply saddened that such an ebullient personality was nearing an end.’
    • ‘Overall, the effect of the three series is ebullient, unfolding and generous.’
    • ‘But he still hadn't lost his ebullient, blaring voice or that sparkle in his blue eyes.’
    • ‘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 G major quartet is a bubbly and infectious work throughout containing much music that is ebullient and tuneful.’
    • ‘Technically, the economy was in recovery after 1975, but the mood was anything but ebullient.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Olympic track cycling programme is over and the mood in the British camp, quite rightly, is ebullient.’
    • ‘On the surface, the music is brash, ebullient, jaunty, but also technically well crafted and even refined.’
    • ‘Either way, it has left Downes in ebullient mood and ready to come out fighting.’
    • ‘He was the source of many jokes for being overly happy and ebullient.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mood is still ebullient when Gilman takes the stage the next morning.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘The Clarinet Sonata is a delightfully ebullient, bouncy score.’
    • ‘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 ebullient mood of those works has been recaptured here, with a surprising overlay of Americana.’
    • ‘Anyway, she was a vivacious, ebullient sort of girl, and I took an immediate liking to her.’
    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
    bubbly, bouncy, peppy, zingy, upbeat, chipper, chirpy, smiley, sparky, full of beans
    gladsome, blithe, blithesome
    as merry as a grig, of good cheer
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  • 2archaic, literary (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.