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adjective live·ly \ˈlīv-lē\

Simple Definition of lively

  • : very active and energetic

  • : full of energy, excitement, or feeling

  • : full of movement or activity

Full Definition of lively

live·li·erlive·li·est

  1. 1 obsolete :  living

  2. 2 :  briskly alert and energetic :  vigorous, animated <a lively discussion> <lively children racing for home>

  3. 3 :  active, intense <takes a lively interest in politics>

  4. 4 :  brilliant, fresh <a lively wit>

  5. 5 :  imparting spirit or vivacity :  stimulating <many a peer of England brews livelier liquor than the Muse — A. E. Housman>

  6. 6 :  quick to rebound :  resilient

  7. 7 :  responding readily to the helm <a lively boat>

  8. 8 :  full of life, movement, or incident <lively streets at carnival time>

live·li·ly play \ˈlīv-lə-lē\ adverb
live·li·ness play \ˈlīv-lē-nəs\ noun
lively adverb

Examples of lively

  1. a very lively writing style

  2. The book is lively and well written.

  3. They had a lively debate.

  4. A lively atmosphere keeps people coming back to the café.



Origin of lively

Middle English, from Old English līflīc, from līf life


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of lively

lively, animated, vivacious, sprightly, gay mean keenly alive and spirited. lively suggests briskness, alertness, or energy <a lively debate on the issues>. animated applies to what is spirited and active <an animated discussion of current events>. vivacious suggests an activeness of gesture and wit, often playful or alluring <a vivacious party host>. sprightly suggests lightness and spirited vigor of manner or wit <a tuneful, sprightly musical>. gay stresses complete freedom from care and overflowing spirits <the gay spirit of Paris in the 1920s>.



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