vi·​va·​cious | \ və-ˈvā-shəs also vī- How to pronounce vivacious (audio) \

Definition of vivacious

: lively in temper, conduct, or spirit : sprightly

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Other Words from vivacious

vivaciously adverb
vivaciousness noun

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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

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It's no surprise that vivacious means "full of life," since it can be traced back to the Latin verb vivere, meaning "to live." The word was created around the mid-17th century using the Latin adjective vivax, meaning "long-lived, vigorous, high-spirited." Other descendants of "vivere" in English include "survive," "revive," and "victual" - all of which came to life during the 15th century - and "vivid" and "convivial," both of which surfaced around the same time as "vivacious." Somewhat surprisingly, the word live is not related; it comes to us from the Old English word libban.

Examples of vivacious in a Sentence

Historically, in nations where city economies are dying and where, as well, cities are drained in service to transactions of decline, one city remains vivacious longest: the capital city. — Jane Jacobs, Cities and the Wealth of Nations, (1984) 1985 You see, for years I have built my figure on the premise that "fat people are jolly." I have eaten my way through: pleasant, cheery, sunny, smiling, gay, spirited, chipper, vivacious, sparkling, happy, and sportive and was well on my way to becoming hysterical. — Erma Bombeck, The Best of Bombeck, (1965) 1967 She could follow every word that the ramblers uttered. They were talking no secrets. They were merely indulging in the ordinary vivacious chat of relatives who have long been parted in person though not in soul. — Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native, 1878 an outgoing, vivacious girl who became a successful sales rep the poem is a vivacious expression of his love for her
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Recent Examples on the Web So Jacquelin Carrington founded People of Color, a nail polish brand that supplies a selection of brilliant shades to complement our vast and vivacious skin tones. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Compact," 10 Oct. 2019 Your other Buckingham faves have also aged since the last season of The Crown, with Helena Bonham Carter playing the vivacious Princess Margaret and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "'The Crown' Photos of "Charles" and "Diana" on Tour In Australia Are Uncanny," 2 Oct. 2019 You are missed by all of us more than words can ever say, my precious, vivacious and dearly loved youngest daughter. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Let’s hear it from the Peanut Gallery: ‘It’s Howdy Doody time!’," 29 Sep. 2019 Karen was a vivacious and vibrant lady who loved to read and seemed much younger than her 76 years., "Deaths in South Florida: 9/16," 16 Sep. 2019 But the actor, who died on Aug. 30 at 80, will be remembered most for her irresistible performance as Rhoda Morgenstern, the mouthy, vivacious neighbor of television’s original single career girl, Mary Richards. Judy Berman, Time, "How Valerie Harper Paved the Way for Today's Sitcom Women," 5 Sep. 2019 Alicia is the opposite: loquacious, vivacious, and sometimes deliberately outrageous. Julia Fesenthal, Vogue, "Inside the Jazz Household of Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran," 23 Aug. 2019 Will Byers, of Spring, is an active and vivacious 9-year-old who was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome a few years ago. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands Family YMCA prepares for sold-out triathlon this Saturday," 16 July 2019 She has been described as everything from vivacious and highly connected to the people-pleasing life of the party. Fox News, "A look at Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged 'recruiter'," 13 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vivacious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of vivacious

circa 1645, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vivacious

Latin vivac-, vivax long-lived, vigorous, high-spirited, from vivere to live

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The first known use of vivacious was circa 1645

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English Language Learners Definition of vivacious

: happy and lively in a way that is attractive


vi·​va·​cious | \ və-ˈvā-shəs How to pronounce vivacious (audio) , vī-\

Kids Definition of vivacious

: full of energy and good spirits a vivacious personality

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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