1. Full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy: exuberant sports fans; exuberant smiles.
2. Unrestrained or lavish, as in decoration; extravagant: exuberant floral displays.
Abundant; plentiful: "Threads of her exuberant hair showed up at the bottom of the sink" (Anne Tyler).
See Synonyms at profuse
[Middle English, overabundant, from
Old French, from
Latin exūberāns, exūberant-
, present participle of exūberāre
, to exuberate; see EXUBERATE
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