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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
Millions of glistening babes in bikinis, advertising their abs, vibrant and vivacious.
Daniel Knoll remembered his mother as talkative and vivacious.
Arguably, the most famous of these content creators was Talia Joy Castellano, a vivacious beauty YouTuber who died of cancer in 2013 just a month before her fourteenth birthday.
Dalay Parrondo, Hannah Bettes, and Ji Young Chae were the vivacious, good-time Gypsies and special friends of the Montague boys, scooping up the spillage when two fruit carts collided and staring down the disdainful Tybalt.
Barack Obama did it, too—but his bunch of shamrocks somehow looked a lot more vivacious than Trump's.
Considered odd for being fascinated by fossils and other scientific artifacts, Mary chafes under the scrutiny of her mother, the obliviousness of her father and the covert competition with her younger, more vivacious sister Kitty.
The women seem vivacious, spunky, and totally comfortable in their skin.
On Sunday’s premiere of American Idol, the vivacious pop singer stole a smooch from Benjamin Glaze, a teenage contestant from Enid, Oklahoma.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1645See Words from the same year
active, airy, animate, animated, bouncing, brisk, energetic, frisky, gay, jaunty, jazzy, kinetic, lively, mettlesome, peppy, perky, pert, racy, snappy, spanking, sparky, spirited, sprightly, springy, vital, zippy;
on the go;
Synonym Discussion of vivacious
- a lively debate on the issues
- an animated discussion of current events
- a vivacious party host
- a tuneful, sprightly musical
- the gay spirit of Paris in the 1920s
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
Word Root of vivacious
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