Zest vs Exuberant - What's the difference?
As a noun zest
As an adjective exuberant is
The outer skin of a citrus fruit, used as a flavouring or garnish.
(by extension) Enthusiasm; keen enjoyment; relish; gusto.
- The orange zest gives the strong flavors in this dish.
- Auntie Mame had a real zest for life.
- Almighty Vanity! to thee they owe / Their zest of pleasure, and their balm of woe.
The woody, thick skin enclosing the kernel of a walnut.
* 2006 , N. J. Nusha, On the edge: short stories (page 85)
- Liberality of disposition and conduct gives the highest zest and relish to social intercourse.
- The green zest of walnuts was used by the women to shine their teeth and it also gave a beautiful rust colour to their lips.
* (enthusiasm) gusto
* spice, relish, tang
(cooking) To scrape the zest from a fruit
To make more zesty
(of people) Very high-spirited; extremely energetic and enthusiastic.
* 1882 , , "The Lady or the Tiger?":
* 1961 , , Catch-22 :
- He was a man of exuberant fancy, and, withal of an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts.
(of things that grow) Abundant, luxuriant, profuse, superabundant.
* 1972 , Ken Lemmon, "Restoration Work at Studley Royal," Garden History , vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 22:
- She was a tall, earthy, exuberant girl with long hair and a pretty face.
- The County Architect's Department is starting to pleach trees to open up these vistas, now almost hidden by the exuberant growth.
* Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
* Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary , 1987-1996.