Definition of lively
1 obsolete : living
5 : imparting spirit or vivacity : stimulating <many a peer of England brews livelier liquor than the Muse — A. E. Housman>
6 : quick to rebound : resilient
7 : responding readily to the helm <a lively boat>
8 : full of life, movement, or incident <lively streets at carnival time>
livelilyplay \ˈlīv-lə-lē\ adverb
livelinessplay \ˈlīv-lē-nəs\ noun
Examples of lively in a sentence
a very lively writing style
The book is lively and well written.
They had a lively debate.
A lively atmosphere keeps people coming back to the café.
Origin and Etymology of lively
Middle English, from Old English līflīc, from līf life
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of lively
LIVELY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lively for English Language Learners
: very active and energetic
: full of energy, excitement, or feeling
: full of movement or activity
LIVELY Defined for Kids
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