[ an-uh-mey-tid ]
/ ˈæn əˌmeɪ tɪd /


full of life, action, or spirit; lively; vigorous: an animated debate on the death penalty.
made or equipped to move or give the appearance of moving in an animallike fashion: animated puppets.
containing representations of animals or mechanical objects that appear to move as real ones do: an animated window display.

Nearby words

  1. animalistic,
  2. animality,
  3. animalize,
  4. animally,
  5. animate,
  6. animated cartoon,
  7. animated oat,
  8. animately,
  9. animatic,
  10. animation

Origin of animated

First recorded in 1525–35; animate + -ed2

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for animatedly

British Dictionary definitions for animatedly


/ (ˈænɪˌmeɪtɪd) /


full of vivacity and spirit; lively
characterized by movement and activityan animated scene met her eye
possessing life; animate
moving or appearing to move as if alivean animated display
pertaining to cinematographic animation
Derived Formsanimatedly, adverb

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for animatedly



1530s, "alive," past participle adjective from animate (v.). Meaning "mentally excited" is from 1530s; "full of activity" from 1580s. The "moving pictures" sense is attested from 1895; of cartoons from 1897. Related: Animatedly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper