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Ebullient

[ih-BOOL-yənt]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, late 16th century

1.

Cheerful and full of energy.

2.

[Archaic] (of liquid or matter) boiling or agitated as if boiling.

Examples of Ebullient in a sentence

"The child had an ebullient laugh that charmed his parents."

"The stew was ebullient until Mom turned the burner down."

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About Ebullient

This word stems from the Latin verb “ebullire.” “E-,” a variant of “ex-,” means “out,” and + “bullire” means “to boil.”

Did you Know?

When the word “ebullient” was initially used in the late 16th century, it closely adhered to its root Latin meaning of “boiling over.” It was only used to describe literal boiling substances, like water. But like many words, “ebullient” grew in scope to describe people with “bubbly” personalities. The first recorded use of the word in this figurative sense is from the 1660s.

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