vi·​va·​cious | \və-ˈvā-shəs also vī- \

Definition of vivacious 

: lively in temper, conduct, or spirit : sprightly

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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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Roncal's vivacious energy and joy for life comes through not only in her makeup, but also in her gorgeous home tucked away in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mally Roncal's Beauty Stash is the Stuff of Dreams," 15 Nov. 2018 Her runway show this month integrated the vivacious color and dazzling patterns the label has become known for — a psychedelic amalgam of soft florals layered on stripes, checks or more florals. Kim Bhasin, The Seattle Times, "Michael Kors $2 billion bet on Versace may be too bold," 25 Sep. 2018 Levin was always described as pretty and vivacious, dark-haired and funny and fun. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Looking Back at the Preppy Killer Case, 30 Years Later," 26 Aug. 2016 The sun shifts into Gemini on May 20, perfectly complementing your inherently vivacious, playful nature. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What May's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 26 Apr. 2018 The vivacious actress played Lois Lane in the Superman movies opposite Christopher Reeve and then waged a public battle with bipolar disorder. USA TODAY, "Alexa, will Meghan Markle's dad attend the royal wedding?," 14 May 2018 But Caroline is his much more constant and vivacious companion. Michael Heaton,, "'Final Portrait' is a picture of Paris in the '60s (review)," 20 Apr. 2018 Filmed in the untamed expanse of Joshua Tree in California, the pair embody the song’s thematic struggle to maintain a sense of self amid a world of temptations with a vivacious flare and kaleidoscopic visuals. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "In The Valley Below Announce New Album & Release 'Desperate Dance' Video: Exclusive," 10 July 2018 Elaine was a vivacious person, and a caring and close friend to many throughout Connecticut and Florida. Hartford Courant,, "Elaine M. Sodel," 13 June 2018

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, vī-\

Kids Definition of vivacious

: full of energy and good spirits a vivacious personality

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