Weekly Word: Effusive

The adjective effusive means “overflowing”, “extravagantly demonstrative”, or “unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression”. The verb form to effuse means “to pour out” or “to radiate”.

Wikipedia, of course, has a page about effusion. In chemistry, it’s “the process where individual molecules flow through a hole without collisions between molecules” (think of a deflating balloon).

The most common use of effusive would probably be to describe “effusive praise”, either from expert critics or from effusive fanboys. The word also comes up a lot in articles about the Academy Awards, what with all those gushy actors sobbing over their Oscars.