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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Many Bratislavans fancy themselves the yang to Vienna's yin: If Vienna is a staid, elderly aristocrat sipping coffee, then Bratislava is a vivacious young professional jet-setting around Europe. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Rick Steves: Slovakia’s capital is the fastest-changing city in Europe with remarkable comeback," 2 July 2019 The life of Elisabeth of Austria sounds like a romantic novel: A vivacious Bavarian princess captures the heart of the Austrian emperor. National Geographic, "Life for this Bavarian princess was no fairy tale," 14 May 2019 At age 7, the vivacious, thrill-seeking girl flew on her own to visit her maternal grandparents in Eastern Europe. Aubrey Whelan,, "Two friends shared heroin in a KFC bathroom. One died, one went to prison. Their families are picking up the pieces.," 6 June 2019 Murphy, who joined Lythgoe in the show's third season, is also a former professional dancer — ballroom dance, specifically — known for her loud, vivacious personality. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 16 Is Going to Look Totally Different Than Last Year," 21 May 2019 Most fashion fans know that Moschino is designed by Jeremy Scott, the vivacious and sometimes outrageous creator known for sending out dresses depicting interpretations of Snickers logos, McDonald’s arches, SpongeBob, and more. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Moschino and H&M Have A Few More Surprises In Store For Their November Drop. For One? Pet-Wear!," 9 Sep. 2018 Under the dark sky of this lunation, your vivacious magnetism will be put to good use. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What April's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 29 Mar. 2018 Gordon’s vivacious personality in May rarely appeared in the final months of the season. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Healthy and happy, Dee Gordon looks for a bounceback for the Mariners," 18 Feb. 2019 The start of 2019 has seen a vivacious yet directional approach to evening dressing for the world’s most stylish. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of January 7, 2019," 7 Jan. 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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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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