Definition of effusive in English:

effusive

Syllabification: ef·fu·sive
Pronunciation: /iˈfyo͞osiv
 
/

adjective

  • 1Expressing feelings of gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner: an effusive welcome
    More example sentences
    • My approach is to rarely ask him for anything if I can at all help it, since his granting of a favour requires about 3-5 years of effusive gratitude and grovelling.
    • No prizes, I'm afraid, but you'll have my most effusive gratitude.
    • The conductor, short, chubby, curly-haired and Puckish, has been effusive in his welcome.
    Synonyms
    gushing, gushy, unrestrained, extravagant, fulsome, demonstrative, lavish, enthusiastic, lyrical; expansive, wordy, verbose, over the top
  • 2 Geology (Of igneous rock) poured out when molten and later solidified.
    More example sentences
    • The subalkaline character of the magmatic activity, combined with the prevalence of acidic effusive rocks, is characteristic of an orogenic suite developed on continental crust.
    • If the mafic sheets were effusive and associated with primary volcaniclastic rocks, they should have contributed detritus to any immediately overlying sediments.
    • The cooling of the effusive rocks takes place in two stages
  • 2.1Of or relating to the eruption of large volumes of molten rock.
    More example sentences
    • Volcanic activity at Mount Etna has been characterized by several effusive eruptions in the last 30 years.
    • Since the adoption of the exhalative model for the mineralization, the host succession has been interpreted as a dominantly effusive, and explosively eruptive, volcanic pile.
    • The nature of the degassing process within a volcanic edifice is critically important to the nature of eruptions, whether explosive or effusive, from the volcano.

Derivatives

effusively

adverb
More example sentences
  • He speaks effusively about his children, his garden, his life-saving triple heart bypass operation in 1992, which ‘changed’ him.
  • By now we're also well versed in the sociability of the canal, greeting fellow boaters effusively and chatting with passers-by at locks, where we are often the main attraction.
  • Both were seen effusively greeting each other.

effusiveness

noun
More example sentences
  • Her natural effusiveness and love of writing - she reads about six books at a time - make her an irresistible bookseller.
  • The doctor, who was not known for his effusiveness said simply, ‘You won't have any problems,’ and that was it.
  • He is a quietly-spoken individual off the park, not given to effusiveness or hyperbole.

More definitions of effusive

Definition of effusive in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space