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
Made with sassafras, vanilla and cinnamon sticks, this creamy, lively soft drink comes with one free refill, for $4.
Summer home sales are sure to be lively, but the spring real estate market in the area has been hot, hot, hot!
The songs are delivered by a lively six-person cast and a snappy-hat-wearing four-piece jazz band.
Dav Pilkey's best-selling kids' books make a lively animated leap to the big screen, with Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms and Jordan Peele among the voice cast.
Kahl took Geller's place during CBS' lively upfront presentation two weeks ago, which received warm reviews from ad buyers at Carnegie Hall.
Gaviglio got his first career win and the Mariners’ offense looked lively at Coors Field.
He was known for a lively fastball, a hitter-freezing curveball and a tendency to throw at hitters who crowded the plate.
Having a larger deck that can accommodate more people allows for a livelier party, but a larger deck is more expensive, requires more upkeep, and often won't fit within the confines of your yard.
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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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