- 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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Examples from the Web for livelier
It was the same debate that stumped the supercommittee, just livelier.Grover Norquist: Don’t Give an Inch on Taxes!
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The American's heart beat a livelier tempo at the suggestion.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Sydney was none the livelier and none the soberer for so much application.A Tale of Two Cities
Hazarding the looking-glass, she thought that she could detect a livelier iris too.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
"Tell me some of your plans," said she, with a livelier interest than she had yet shown.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
Petrea's hands bled in consequence of this operation, but that only made her the livelier.The Home
- 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 livelier
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