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lively

[lahyv-lee] /ˈlaɪv li/
adjective, livelier, liveliest.
1.
full or suggestive of life or vital energy; active, vigorous, or brisk:
a lively discussion.
2.
animated, spirited, vivacious, or sprightly:
a lively tune; a lively wit.
3.
eventful, stirring, or exciting:
The opposition gave us a lively time.
4.
bustling with activity; astir:
The marketplace was lively with vendors.
5.
strong, keen, or distinct; vivid:
a lively recollection.
6.
striking, telling, or effective, as an expression or instance.
7.
vivid or bright, as color or light:
a lively pink.
8.
sparkling, as wines.
9.
fresh or invigorating, as air:
a lively breeze.
10.
rebounding quickly; springing back; resilient:
a lively tennis ball.
11.
riding the sea buoyantly, as a ship.
adverb
12.
with briskness, vigor, or animation; briskly:
to step lively.
Origin of lively
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English līflīc vital. See life, -ly
Related forms
livelily, adverb
liveliness, noun
overliveliness, noun
overlively, adjective
unliveliness, noun
unlively, adjective, adverb
Synonyms
1. alert, spry, nimble, agile, quick, pert. 2. gay, buoyant. 5. forceful, clear. 7. brilliant, clear, glowing.
Antonyms
1. inactive, torpid. 2. dull. 5. weak. 7. dim.
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  • The American's heart beat a livelier tempo at the suggestion.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Sydney was none the livelier and none the soberer for so much application.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Hazarding the looking-glass, she thought that she could detect a livelier iris too.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • "Tell me some of your plans," said she, with a livelier interest than she had yet shown.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Petrea's hands bled in consequence of this operation, but that only made her the livelier.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • For the present she is stronger and livelier than she has been for a long time.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • I have never had a dull hour in my life; I have never had a livelier time than in the slums.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • Can you imagine a livelier, more entertaining place of gossip?

  • The better the catch, the more exciting the work, and the livelier the love-talk.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for livelier

lively

/ˈlaɪvlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
full of life or vigour
2.
vivacious or animated, esp when in company
3.
busy; eventful
4.
characterized by mental or emotional intensity; vivid
5.
having a striking effect on the mind or senses
6.
refreshing: a lively breeze
7.
springy or bouncy or encouraging springiness: a lively ball
8.
(of a boat or ship) readily responsive to the helm
adverb
9.
in a brisk manner: step lively
10.
(interjection) look lively, make haste
Derived Forms
liveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for livelier

lively

adj.

Old English liflic "living, existing," literally "life-like;" from life + -ly (2). Sense of "active, energetic" developed by early 13c., from notion "full of life."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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