1. produced or growing in extreme abundance;
- Example: "their riotous blooming"
[syn: exuberant, lush, luxuriant, profuse, riotous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Profuse \Pro*fuse"\, a. [L. profusus, p. p. of profundere to pour forth or out; pro forward, forth + fundere to pour: cf. F. profus. See Fuse to melt.] 1. Pouring forth with fullness or exuberance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal; giving without stint; as, a profuse government; profuse hospitality. [1913 Webster] A green, shady bank, profuse of flowers. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Superabundant; excessive; prodigal; lavish; as, profuse expenditure. "Profuse ornament." --Kames. [1913 Webster] Syn: Lavish; exuberant; bountiful; prodigal; extravagant. Usage: Profuse, Lavish, Prodigal. Profuse denotes pouring out (as money, etc.) with great fullness or freeness; as, profuse in his expenditures, thanks, promises, etc. Lavish is stronger, implying unnecessary or wasteful excess; as, lavish of his bounties, favors, praises, etc. Prodigal is stronger still, denoting unmeasured or reckless profusion; as, prodigal of one's strength, life, or blood, to secure some object. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Profuse \Pro*fuse"\, v. t. To pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to squander. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
profuse adj 1: produced or growing in extreme abundance; "their riotous blooming" [syn: exuberant, lush, luxuriant, profuse, riotous]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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