- full or suggestive of life or vital energy; active, vigorous, or brisk: a lively discussion.
- animated, spirited, vivacious, or sprightly: a lively tune; a lively wit.
- eventful, stirring, or exciting: The opposition gave us a lively time.
- bustling with activity; astir: The marketplace was lively with vendors.
- strong, keen, or distinct; vivid: a lively recollection.
- striking, telling, or effective, as an expression or instance.
- vivid or bright, as color or light: a lively pink.
- sparkling, as wines.
- fresh or invigorating, as air: a lively breeze.
- rebounding quickly; springing back; resilient: a lively tennis ball.
- riding the sea buoyantly, as a ship.
- with briskness, vigor, or animation; briskly: to step lively.
Origin of lively
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1. alert, spry, nimble, agile, quick, pert. 2. gay, buoyant. 5. forceful, clear. 7. brilliant, clear, glowing.
1. inactive, torpid. 2. dull. 5. weak. 7. dim.
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Examples from the Web for lively
The band turned back around, raising a lively tune to signal life would go on.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
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It was headquartered in Stanleyville, in a tall corner building that still stands in the decrepit, yet lively, downtown.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
She was a perky redhead of about 30 with lively blue eyes, a petite figure, and lots of nerve.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
Lively discussions, inspiring stories and Texas hospitality!Women in the World Texas Sneak Peek
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Not everyone agrees with us, but it starts a lively conversation.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway
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At last this lively maiden got Philip away from the rest, and began to cross-question him.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Among his friends his speech was anticipated with lively interest.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The lively wretch has made me a visit, and is but just gone away.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Then, as the stenographer entered, he went on with lively interest.Within the Law
The wizened little headman was as cheerful and lively and vigorous as ever.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- full of life or vigour
- vivacious or animated, esp when in company
- busy; eventful
- characterized by mental or emotional intensity; vivid
- having a striking effect on the mind or senses
- refreshinga lively breeze
- springy or bouncy or encouraging springinessa lively ball
- (of a boat or ship) readily responsive to the helm
- in a brisk mannerstep lively
- look lively (interjection) make haste
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Word Origin and History for lively
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