Definition of lively
1 obsolete : living
6 : quick to rebound : resilient a lively ball
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.
Recent Examples of lively from the Web
The dead corner has been turned into a vibrant and lively space for all to enjoy.
They are picked at a lively private meeting organized by Gomes.
The lively Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen, an hour north of Amsterdam, is a delight to explore.
Jon Watts, whose low-budget indie Cop Car is well worth seeking out, is an extremely lively director, and perfectly matches Peter Parker's witty, oftentimes self-deprecating demeanor.
Just last year, for example, Lohan’s Russian ex-boyfriend Egor Tarabasov threw her a lively party on the same island that reportedly climaxed, as all the best celebrity shindigs do, with Lohan throwing her boyfriend’s cell phone into the Aegean Sea.
Enter Phil Cole, a lively sort who at various times in life was a congressional aide to former U.S. Rep. Earl Wilson of Bedford, PR man for Nevada casino magnate Bill Harrah and notorious IndyCar bad boy Salt Walther and a writer of cookbooks.
Four years removed from his last victory, Boo Weekley isn't accustomed to lively Sundays.
Write in a conversational, lively, yet professional tone.
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Origin and Etymology of lively
Middle English, from Old English līflīc, from līf life
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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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