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vivacious

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adjective vi·va·cious \və-ˈvā-shəs also vī-\

Simple Definition of vivacious

  • : happy and lively in a way that is attractive

Full Definition of vivacious

  1. :  lively in temper, conduct, or spirit :  sprightly

vi·va·cious·ly adverb
vi·va·cious·ness noun

Examples of vivacious

  1. Historically, in nations where city economies are dying and where, as well, cities are drained in service to transactions of decline, one city remains vivacious longest: the capital city. —Jane Jacobs, Cities and the Wealth of Nations, (1984) 1985

  2. You see, for years I have built my figure on the premise that “fat people are jolly.” I have eaten my way through: pleasant, cheery, sunny, smiling, gay, spirited, chipper, vivacious, sparkling, happy, and sportive and was well on my way to becoming hysterical. —Erma Bombeck, The Best of Bombeck, (1965) 1967

  3. She could follow every word that the ramblers uttered. They were talking no secrets. They were merely indulging in the ordinary vivacious chat of relatives who have long been parted in person though not in soul. —Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native, 1878

  4. <an outgoing, vivacious girl who became a successful sales rep>

  5. <the poem is a vivacious expression of his love for her>



Origin of vivacious

Latin vivac-, vivax long-lived, vigorous, high-spirited, from vivere to live


First Known Use: circa 1645

Synonym Discussion of vivacious

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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