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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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  • Then vivaciously, 'My faith, your pilot-house wants a clean-up!'

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • "For your scorn of her love," interposed Priscilla vivaciously.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • She contented herself by arguing against it, and talking as vivaciously as she could.

  • "She has given my new doll a name," continued Ruby, vivaciously.

    Little Golden's Daughter

    Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • Just finished my shopping and thought Id have a look in here, she said vivaciously.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • "The wine is no good," said the stout gentleman, vivaciously.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • “That wine is no good,” said the stout gentleman, vivaciously.

    The Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • As he spoke, he vivaciously rapped his friend on the shoulder with his stick.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • "I have been blind," he asseverated, vivaciously gesticulating with his thick hands.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • "I shouldn't think twice about it," said Fanny, vivaciously.

    Miser Farebrother, Volume I (of 3) Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for vivaciously


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 vivaciously



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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