One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a liquid) give off bubbles.‘the waves seemed to effervesce as they swept by’
sparkle, bubble, froth, foam, seethefizz, sparkle, bubble, froth, foam, spumeView synonyms
- ‘You'll remember the sort of thing - drop something volatile in a beaker of acid and watch it whiz round and round, effervescing violently and smelling of bad eggs.’
2Be vivacious and enthusiastic.‘managers are supposed to effervesce with praise and encouragement’sparkle, be vivacious, be lively, be animated, be ebullient, be exuberant, be bubbly, be effervescent, be sparkling, be witty, be brilliant, be enthusiastic, be full of lifeView synonyms
Early 18th century: from Latin effervescere, from ex- ‘out, up’ + fervescere ‘begin to boil’ (from fervere ‘be hot, boil’).
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