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

Definition of vivacious

: lively in temper, conduct, or spirit : sprightly

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 vivax, a vivere derivative meaning "long-lived, vigorous, or 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 Sera Janneh, a vivacious 27-year-old, was studying psychology at Lehman College and planned to become a therapist. New York Times, 17 Jan. 2022 The Walters described Spraggins as vivacious and high-spirited. Carol Robinson |, al, 10 Jan. 2022 Lots of social opportunities could appear from seemingly nowhere when vivacious Mercury, currently zipping through your 3rd House of Community and Communications, embraces fantastical Neptune in your lucky 5th House of Passion and Play. Tarot Astrologers,, 26 Dec. 2021 This vivacious country has the lowest population density in Central America—there’s plenty of space to roam. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 24 Dec. 2021 As authorities investigate the case, Pringle's family is mourning their loss of the vivacious event planner who was known for her upbeat, positive outlook. Steve Helling,, 22 Dec. 2021 The entertainment is the roaring fire, impressive sunset, and vivacious singing and dancing of the Dunia women. Lavanya Sunkara, Travel + Leisure, 19 Dec. 2021 Old and young, Barker is entrancing—vivacious in her nursing-home bed, lissome and flirtatious on film. Susan Delson, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 Friends described Moore as funny and vivacious, a onetime tomboy who loved sports and the rapper Drake. Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2021

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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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