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 Harris arrived at Howard University in fall 1982, a vivacious teen with a brilliant smile who quickly became known for her outsize sense of purpose, raucous laugh and adventurous spirit. Washington Post, "Kamala Harris’s D.C.: Bridging Black and White, rich and poor, newly arrived and deeply rooted," 13 Jan. 2021 A few months into quarantine, his teacher, Maura Cristina Silva, could tell that her vivacious students were starting to buckle. New York Times, "A Flying Elephant, a Teacher’s Hugs: 12 Tales of Pandemic Resilience," 24 Dec. 2020 Hubert played the vivacious college professor and matriarch of the Banks family, her good-natured temperament and designer style a foil to her husband Phillip's (played by the late James Avery) strict parenting and general stuffiness. Ineye Komonibo,, "It Took Almost 30 Years, But OG Aunt Viv Finally Returned To Fresh Prince To Tell Her Side Of The Story," 19 Nov. 2020 The grateful Montez visited her house often and took a special interest in her vivacious, red-haired daughter. Gary Kamiya,, "Who is the Lotta of Lotta’s Fountain? She was once one of America’s biggest stars," 11 Dec. 2020 Champagne lovers take note: Claire Naudin’s vivacious organic fizz from Burgundy shows the kind of complexity and perfumed aromas that most crémants don’t have. Elin Mccoy,, "The 50 Best Wines Under $50," 7 Dec. 2020 Davidson's entry is the funniest of the bunch, bursting with wry, quirky humor from her vivacious heroine waiting to be unleashed and the two lesbian pseudo-aunts who advise her. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: November romances bring mischief, star-crossed lovers, and hot dukes," 4 Dec. 2020 Devin is a charismatic 6-year-old who is vivacious with a large appetite for life. oregonlive, "Devin is hoping for a family that loves outdoor activities, soccer and Spiderman: A Home of Their Own," 29 Nov. 2020 What’s more is that WhiteHat Jr always positioned itself as a young and vivacious firm. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "WhiteHat Jr’s dream run until it became controversy’s favourite child," 26 Nov. 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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19 Jan 2021

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“Vivacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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