adjective vi·va·cious \və-ˈvā-shəs also vī-\

Definition of vivacious

  1. :  lively in temper, conduct, or spirit :  sprightly





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Examples of vivacious in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. an outgoing, vivacious girl who became a successful sales rep

  5. the poem is a vivacious expression of his love for her

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of vivacious

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

First Known Use: circa 1645

Synonym Discussion of vivacious

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.

VIVACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners


adjective vi·va·cious \və-ˈvā-shəs also vī-\

Definition of vivacious for English Language Learners

  • : happy and lively in a way that is attractive

VIVACIOUS Defined for Kids


adjective vi·va·cious \və-ˈvā-shəs, vī-\

Definition of vivacious for Students

  1. :  full of energy and good spirits a vivacious personality

Word Root of vivacious

The Latin word vivere, meaning “to live,” gives us the root viv. Words from the Latin vivere have something to do with living. To survive is to remain alive. To revive is to bring back to life. Someone vivacious is full of life and is lively and energetic. Something, such as a story, that is vivid appears to be full of life and freshness.

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