lively

adjective
live·​ly | \ ˈlīv-lē How to pronounce lively (audio) \
livelier; liveliest

Definition of lively

1 : briskly alert and energetic : vigorous, animated a lively discussion lively children racing for home
2 : active, intense takes a lively interest in politics
3 : full of life, movement, or incident lively streets at carnival time
4 : brilliant, fresh a lively wit
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 a lively ball
7 : responding readily to the helm a lively boat
8 obsolete : living

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Other Words from lively

livelily \ ˈlīv-​lə-​lē How to pronounce livelily (audio) \ adverb
liveliness \ ˈlīv-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce liveliness (audio) \ noun
lively adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
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The French farmhouse was the site of many a lively dinner party connecting artists with writers, politicians and tastemakers. Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "An art booster’s aerie lists in Hollywood Hills West at $2.348 million," 10 June 2019 The Meatpacking District is lively and fun, there's good shopping there. Sarah Solomon, Town & Country, "Martha Stewart Slammed Uber on Instagram Last Year. Now They've Made Up.," 15 May 2019 Salsa Warroad Carbon Force 1 650 Best for: Riders looking for a gravel bike that's lively on the road Salsa developed the Warroad to appeal to riders who want something a little aggressive without sacrificing comfort. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Road Bikes for Every Cyclist," 8 May 2019 The atmosphere was lively for both matches, and each time experience triumphed. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "Federer, defending champ Isner to meet in Miami Open final," 30 Mar. 2019 The first day of wedding celebrations included a Mehendi ceremony, in which the bride's hands and feet are decorated with henna, followed by the Sangeet, a lively pre-wedding party with musical performances. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Influencer Diipa Khosla Wore 9 Different Looks for Her 4-Day Indian Wedding," 8 Feb. 2019 Yes, there will be big-name guests and lively parties punctuating the June 13-17 event. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "The films are still the thing in Provincetown," 7 June 2018 The ad, which was taken down from the company’s YouTube page but can still be viewed below, shows a light-skinned bartender sliding a bottle of low-calorie beer to an attractive, fair-skinned woman across a lively patio party. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Heineken Is the Latest Brand With a ‘Terribly Racist’ Ad," 27 Mar. 2018 Jump Back Ball brings its lively party back to Playhouse Square. cleveland.com, "20 things to do in Cleveland the weekend of Feb. 22-25," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lively

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 8

History and Etymology for lively

Middle English, from Old English līflīc, from līf life

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lively

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lively

: very active and energetic
: full of energy, excitement, or feeling
: full of movement or activity

lively

adjective
live·​ly | \ ˈlīv-lē How to pronounce lively (audio) \
livelier; liveliest

Kids Definition of lively

1 : full of life : active a lively puppy
2 : showing or resulting from active thought a lively imagination
3 : full of spirit or feeling : animated lively music

Other Words from lively

liveliness noun

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