Definition of vivacious
: lively in temper, conduct, or spirit : sprightly
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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
Recent Examples of vivacious from the Web
The fine cast was led by the soprano Johannette Zomer, as a sympathetic Santa Rosalia, but the real standout was another soprano, Molly Netter, playing both Repentance and Mary Most Holy with clear, beautiful tone and vivacious personality.
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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 1645See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of vivacious
VIVACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vivacious for English Language Learners
: happy and lively in a way that is attractive
VIVACIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of vivacious for Students
: 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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