adjective \ˈlīv-lē\

: very active and energetic

: full of energy, excitement, or feeling

: full of movement or activity


Full Definition of LIVELY

obsolete :  living
:  briskly alert and energetic :  vigorous, animated <a lively discussion> <lively children racing for home>
:  active, intense <takes a lively interest in politics>
:  brilliant, fresh <a lively wit>
:  imparting spirit or vivacity :  stimulating <many a peer of England brews livelier liquor than the Muse — A. E. Housman>
:  quick to rebound :  resilient
:  responding readily to the helm <a lively boat>
:  full of life, movement, or incident <lively streets at carnival time>
live·li·ly \ˈlīv-lə-lē\ adverb
live·li·ness \ˈlīv-lē-nəs\ noun
lively adverb

Examples of LIVELY

  1. a very lively writing style
  2. The book is lively and well written.
  3. They had a lively debate.
  4. A lively atmosphere keeps people coming back to the café.

Origin of LIVELY

Middle English, from Old English līflīc, from līf life
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of LIVELY

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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