en·​er·​get·​ic ˌe-nər-ˈje-tik How to pronounce energetic (audio)
: operating with or marked by vigor or effect
: marked by energy : strenuous
an energetic walk
: of or relating to energy
energetically adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for energetic

vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force.

vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness.

as vigorous as a youth half his age

energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity.

an energetic campaigner

strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging.

the strenuous life on an oil rig

lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment.

a lusty appetite for life

nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor.

full of nervous energy

Examples of energetic in a Sentence

She has an energetic personality. The children are energetic workers. They mounted an energetic campaign.
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Word History


Greek energētikos, from energein to be active, from energos

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of energetic was in 1700

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“Energetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/energetic. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​er·​get·​ic ˌen-ər-ˈjet-ik How to pronounce energetic (audio)
: having or showing energy : active
an energetic salesperson
energetically adverb

Medical Definition


en·​er·​get·​ic ˌen-ər-ˈjet-ik How to pronounce energetic (audio)
: of or relating to energy
energetic equation

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