[ lahyv-lee ]
/ ˈlaɪv li /
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adjective, live·li·er, live·li·est.
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.
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Origin of lively
OTHER WORDS FROM lively
live·li·ly, adverblive·li·ness, nouno·ver·live·li·ness, nouno·ver·live·ly, adjective
un·live·li·ness, nounun·live·ly, adjective, adverb
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How to use lively in a sentence
It was the same debate that stumped the supercommittee, just livelier.Grover Norquist: Don’t Give an Inch on Taxes!|Eleanor Clift|December 1, 2011|DAILY BEAST
And to tell the truth, she couldn't help wishing he could see, so he could make the game livelier.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
He had, in truth, a great deal to answer for, and enough to make a livelier man than he dissatisfied and wretched.
Thus they soon learn to read with due regard to expression, and therefore take a livelier interest in the subject-matter.The Story of the Thirteen Colonies|H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
Although this was an absolutely false report, all the old stories were brought up again and the talk became livelier than ever.Maezli|Johanna Spyri
Twinkleheels often wished that he might have someone for his nearest neighbor that was a bit livelier than Ebenezer.The Tale of Pony Twinkleheels|Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for lively
/ (ˈlaɪvlɪ) /
adjective -lier or -liest
full of life or vigour
vivacious or animated, esp when in company
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
adverb Also: 'livelily
in a brisk mannerstep lively
look lively (interjection) make haste
Derived forms of livelyliveliness, noun
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