Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “an ebullient mood”
2. After a linking verb, as in “Their mood was ebullient.”)
Someone ebullient is bubbly, enthusiastic, excited, and lively.
How to use it:
Talk about someone being ebullient, or being ebullient about something, as in "Jean grew ebullient when she saw her perfect test score" or "Jean was ebullient about her score." You can talk about an ebullient voice, an ebullient mood, an ebullient reaction, an ebullient campaign, ebullient decorations, and so on. Also, you can stick this word right before someone's name: the ebullient Mrs. France, the ebullient tour guide, the ebullient club president, etc.
I admire the passion of those ebullient television chefs, like Alton Brown; he zips around the kitchen and rattles off bits of food trivia and science facts as he cooks.
Studying the serious, dark, jaded literature of the modernist period made me crave ebullient stories about children and magic.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "ebullient" means when you can explain it without saying "bubbly" or "energetic."
Think of something that fills you with happy energy, and fill in the blank: “_____ always puts me in an ebullient mood.”
Example: “Listening to Lily Allen's cheeky, upbeat pop songs always puts me in an ebullient mood.”
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Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
"again" + "be mindful of" = ?
Try this one today:
"promise" + "one who does" = ?
A Point Well Made:
Harold Koda: "The process of continual learning, intellectual and creative evolution, and maturation is as likely to bring us to our goals as an explosion of youthful genius... impatience and discouragement are your prime enemies."
1. The opposite of EBULLIENT is
2. The ebullient teacher said, "_____"
A. I never accept late work.
B. This lab is going to blow your mind!
C. You are welcome to retake any test that you failed.
Answers are below.
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Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
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