Webster 1913 Edition
profusus, p. p. of
profundereto pour forth or out;
proforward, forth +
fundereto pour: cf. F.
Pouring forth with fullness or exuberance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal; giving without stint;
A green, shady bank,
Superabundant; excessive; prodigal; lavish;“Profuse ornament.”
Syn. – Lavish; exuberant; bountiful; prodigal; extravagant.–
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.
To pour out; to give or spend liberally; to lavish; to squander.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Lavish; liberal to excess; prodigal; as a profuse government; a profuse administration. Henry the eighth, a profuse king, dissipated the treasures which the parsimony of his father had amassed. A man's friends are generally too profuse of praise, and his enemies too sparing.
2.Extravagant; lavish; as profuse expenditures.
On a green shady bank, profuse of flowers--
O liberty! thou goddess heavenly bright,
Profuse of bliss--
Profuse ornament in painting, architecture or gardening, as well as in dress or in language, shows a mean or corrupted taste.
1.To squander. [Little used.]