Definition of lively
- a lively ball
- a lively boat
- lively streets at carnival time
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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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
active, airy, animate, animated, bouncing, brisk, energetic, frisky, gay, jaunty, jazzy, kinetic, mettlesome, peppy, perky, pert, racy, snappy, spanking, sparky, spirited, sprightly, springy, vital, vivacious, zippy;
on the go;
: very active and energetic
: full of energy, excitement, or feeling
: full of movement or activity
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