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

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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Recent Examples on the Web If the sense of perfect composition that marked her old albums is not quite here, it’s been replaced by astonishingly vivacious moments, stories, and sounds. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Fiona Apple’s Survival Guide to Isolation," 17 Apr. 2020 Jack, always the creature of impulse, is immediately attracted to the vivacious Stephanie, a tart-tongued pourer at a tasting room. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Aged to perfection, Alexander Payne’s ‘Sideways’ is worth more than a glance," 1 Apr. 2020 Louie Vuitton said the show was a tribute to the Belle Epoque, @that vivacious time when Paris was pure enchantment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Viard’s debut at Chanel ready-to-wear is crashed by comedian," 1 Oct. 2019 This vivacious collection is available now online and at Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table stores nationwide. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Le Creuset Just Dropped Its Spring 2020 Collection Featuring Nectar and Artichaut Colorways," 31 Jan. 2020 Inspiring is a lacking word, as are courageous and vivacious and strong and beautiful. Mallory Simon, CNN, "Charlotte Figi, the girl who inspired a CBD movement, has died at age 13," 8 Apr. 2020 The craft beer scene here is phenomenal and is comprised of resilient and vivacious people. Matt Wake |, al, "Huntsville breweries amid coronavirus: to-go sales, making hand sanitizer, no more kegs," 23 Mar. 2020 However, Gornick’s vivacious and highly recommended memoir never fully takes up the larger question: To read or reread? Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "To read or reread? New books are alluring, but don’t discount the value of the familiar," 29 Jan. 2020 This wonderful, vivacious woman was always helping others. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "One lesson was a cut above the rest: Whit & Whimsey," 6 Mar. 2020

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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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“Vivacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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- \

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: full of energy and good spirits a vivacious personality

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