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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Details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s wedding reception have been kept under tight lock and key, but one close friend of the bride is letting a few details of the lively night slip through. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle's Friend Janina Gavankar Reveals Sweet Detail of the Royal Wedding Reception," 25 May 2018 Come for a rowdy dinner with friends, or for a lively night out with your significant other. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Italian Restaurants in New York," 27 Feb. 2018 The drinks are well crafted and the food is interesting enough to please regulars for lunch or a lively late night. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "Craft cocktails and an Elvis sandwich keep the party going late at this Brickell pop up," 31 Jan. 2018 All in all there's very little not to love about the Vieux Logis. Exploring this most lively of cities, described by many as the coolest city in Europe, to discover its architectural heritage and innovations, and to delve into its fashion scene. Jack Dancy, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Europe," 5 Oct. 2016 The Republican candidate’s campaign events are transforming from subdued to lively, fundraising is picking up and the attack on Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum is becoming more focused. Brendan Farrington, The Seattle Times, "DeSantis campaign refocusing as Florida voting starts," 8 Oct. 2018 Dressed in hot-pink sweatbands and neon leggings, power walkers of yore stepped lively while furiously swinging their arms and, most of the time, chatting to one another about the latest episode of Days of Our Lives. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Power Walking Is the Latest Fashion Nostalgia Trend to Make Moves on the Runway," 18 June 2018 Kudos to Tom Hardy for always keeping it lively despite his inability to pass up the chance to have his characters do crazy cartoon voices; watching him struggle with reality is the most unexpectedly interesting part of the trailer. Aja Romano, Vox, "Watch: the new Venom trailer reveals Tom Hardy’s toothy antihero at last," 24 Apr. 2018 Sleek, streamlined fixtures served as a lively counterpoint to all of the heavy wood in the house. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford Has The Most Ingenious Tricks for Modernizing a Dated Home," 27 Mar. 2019

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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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