Zest vs Exuberant - What's the difference?

zest | exuberant |

As a noun zest

is gesture.

As an adjective exuberant is





(wikipedia zest)
  • The outer skin of a citrus fruit, used as a flavouring or garnish.
  • The orange zest gives the strong flavors in this dish.
  • (by extension) Enthusiasm; keen enjoyment; relish; gusto.
  • Auntie Mame had a real zest for life.
  • * Young
  • Almighty Vanity! to thee they owe / Their zest of pleasure, and their balm of woe.
  • * Gogan
  • Liberality of disposition and conduct gives the highest zest and relish to social intercourse.
  • The woody, thick skin enclosing the kernel of a walnut.
  • * 2006 , N. J. Nusha, On the edge: short stories (page 85)
  • 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
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    (en adjective)
  • (of people) Very high-spirited; extremely energetic and enthusiastic.
  • * 1882 , , "The Lady or the Tiger?":
  • 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.
  • * 1961 , , Catch-22 :
  • She was a tall, earthy, exuberant girl with long hair and a pretty face.
  • (of things that grow) Abundant, luxuriant, profuse, superabundant.
  • * 1972 , Ken Lemmon, "Restoration Work at Studley Royal," Garden History , vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 22:
  • 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. ----