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[vi-vey-shuh s, vahy-] /vɪˈveɪ ʃəs, vaɪ-/
lively; animated; spirited:
a vivacious folk dance.
Origin of vivacious
First recorded in 1635-45; vivaci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
vivaciously, adverb
vivaciousness, noun
unvivacious, adjective
unvivaciously, adverb
unvivaciousness, noun
spirited, brisk.
languid. Unabridged
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  • And then she was on the sidewalk, her face, upturned to his, vivacious with excitement.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • My mother's imagination was as vivacious, but not as tenacious as my own.

  • At this Pierre could not refrain from a dolorous and vivacious interruption.

  • Like the people about her she was vivacious, but her vivacity was tragic—she had not come here to be gay.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Lulie laughed and chatted and was engagingly charming and vivacious.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for vivacious


full of high spirits and animation; lively or vital
(obsolete) having or displaying tenacity of life
Derived Forms
vivaciously, adverb
vivaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vīvax lively; see vivace
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Word Origin and History for vivacious

1640s, from Latin vivax (genitive vivacis) "lively, vigorous" (see vivacity). Related: Vivaciously.

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