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The swim coach proved to be one of the most energetic, effervescent, and cheerful teachers Jim had ever had. At practice, the effervescent, enthusiastic coach would shout slogans like, “Go for it, Jim!” while waving his arms about for the entire practice session. Jim wondered how much coffee the coach drank before practice to be so effervescent and full of energy at five o’clock in the morning.

Quiz: Whom can effervescent describe?

  • Someone who is focused and driven.
  • Someone who is high-spirited and excited.
  • Someone who is motivated and encouraging.

Memory Hook

Merv's Scent Effect Marvelous Merv's new perfume has such a lively scent that it has the effect of making someone effervescent.


  • 'What happens inside a smaller avalanche does not matter to me,' says Betty Sovilla, an effervescent Italian who manages the site. —Wired
  • She was lovely, effervescent, wonderfully sarcastic and well-read: a perfect fit for me, really, except she ate her own hair. —Wired
  • The 20-year-old best friends nearly smothered Ryan, Randy and Simon in their ample bosoms with hugs and kisses when they made it through to Hollywood after giving two of the most effervescent, confident audition performances 'Idol' has ever seen. —The Washington Post
  • Part evangelist, part effervescent game-show host, he takes his cordless mike into the fray to ask children questions and set up the show’s overall concept. —The Christian Science Monitor

Word Ingredients

ef- thoroughly
ferv boil, be hot
-escent becoming, beginning to be

If one’s personality is becoming effervescent about something, it is “beginning to be thoroughly boiling,” that is, “bubbling” with enthusiasm.

Word Constellation