- 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 unlively
It was unmusical, unbeautiful, unlively, and indescribably doleful.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
There are many finer valleys than this in Asben, and were the trees not preserved, it would be a very barren, unlively spot.
With him she could enjoy even the unlively splendour of a function, but without him she would have been very unhappy.Emily Fox-Seton
Frances Hodgson Burnett
- 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 unlively
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