en·​er·​get·​ic | \ ˌe-nər-ˈje-tik How to pronounce energetic (audio) \

Definition of energetic

1 : operating with or marked by vigor or effect
2 : marked by energy : strenuous an energetic walk
3 : of or relating to energy

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energetically \ ˌe-​nər-​ˈje-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce energetically (audio) \ adverb

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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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Brown is a highly energetic, 6-foot-9 power forward who is known for his highlight dunks and tenacious rebounding. Brian Murphy, orlandosentinel.com, "Aubrey Dawkins signs with Pelicans, Tacko Fall and other UCF players wait after draft ends," 21 June 2019 For the interview with BuzzFeed Celeb, Sophie was tasked with answering questions while simultaneously playing with a group of adorable and energetic puppies. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Makes Sex Joke About Joe Jonas and Her Boobs During Interview," 8 June 2019 One is very rough-and-tumble, highly energetic, and keeps me on my toes. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "20 Quotes About Raising Boys From Parents and Caregivers Going Through It," 30 Apr. 2019 These particles, however, are likely to be the source of highly energetic neutrinos. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Supermassive black hole shot a neutrino straight at Earth," 12 July 2018 Proof in point: Nike’s new Epic React—one of the best new shoes of the year—has deep cushioning in the heel and a highly energetic, bouncy ride made for fast, low-impact runs. Justin Nyberg, Outside Online, "The Best Fat Shoes of 2018," 21 Mar. 2018 Many of Lightfoot’s young, energetic and optimistic staff don’t know who’s who. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants a book on the history of Chicago corruption. What would Ald. Edward Burke send her?," 5 June 2019 Travis Scott’s Astroworld Medley Clad in a galaxy print jumpsuit, Travis Scott delivered a super energetic performance. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "VMAs 2018: Watch all the Performances from Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj, and More," 21 Aug. 2018 While the evening’s early rainstorm had likely thinned the crowds, those who were here were treated to beautiful weather and an energetic performance from a musician who hasn’t rested on his laurels since being a 1980s teen heart throb. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 5: Greta Van Fleet, Chromeo, Rick Springfield and more," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of energetic

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for energetic

Greek energētikos, from energein to be active, from energos

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English Language Learners Definition of energetic

: having or showing a lot of energy
: involving a lot of effort


en·​er·​get·​ic | \ ˌe-nər-ˈje-tik How to pronounce energetic (audio) \

Kids Definition of energetic

: having or showing the ability to be active The boys are energetic players.

Other Words from energetic

energetically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb


en·​er·​get·​ic | \ ˌen-ər-ˈjet-ik How to pronounce energetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of energetic

: of or relating to energy energetic equation

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