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lively

[lahyv-lee]
adjective, live·li·er, live·li·est.
  1. full or suggestive of life or vital energy; active, vigorous, or brisk: a lively discussion.
  2. animated, spirited, vivacious, or sprightly: a lively tune; a lively wit.
  3. eventful, stirring, or exciting: The opposition gave us a lively time.
  4. bustling with activity; astir: The marketplace was lively with vendors.
  5. strong, keen, or distinct; vivid: a lively recollection.
  6. striking, telling, or effective, as an expression or instance.
  7. vivid or bright, as color or light: a lively pink.
  8. sparkling, as wines.
  9. fresh or invigorating, as air: a lively breeze.
  10. rebounding quickly; springing back; resilient: a lively tennis ball.
  11. riding the sea buoyantly, as a ship.
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adverb
  1. with briskness, vigor, or animation; briskly: to step lively.
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Origin of lively

before 1000; Middle English; Old English līflīc vital. See life, -ly
Related formslive·li·ly, adverblive·li·ness, nouno·ver·live·li·ness, nouno·ver·live·ly, adjectiveun·live·li·ness, nounun·live·ly, adjective, adverb

Synonyms for lively

Antonyms for lively

1. inactive, torpid. 2. dull. 5. weak. 7. dim.
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Related Words for liveliest

enjoyable, vigorous, provocative, cheerful, festive, frisky, buoyant, peppy, spirited, nimble, bright, entertaining, animated, stimulating, refreshing, bustling, agile, alert, animate, astir

Examples from the Web for liveliest

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Historical Examples of liveliest

  • He was looking at her quizzically, but with the liveliest appreciation.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • For the next few minutes it struck me as the liveliest I had ever seen.

  • They were simplest, their little tongues were liveliest, and they were most full of joy and wonder.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Then it turned into the liveliest moving picture that ever I see.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • His remarks leave no doubt that he takes the liveliest interest in your work.


British Dictionary definitions for liveliest

lively

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. full of life or vigour
  2. vivacious or animated, esp when in company
  3. busy; eventful
  4. characterized by mental or emotional intensity; vivid
  5. having a striking effect on the mind or senses
  6. refreshinga lively breeze
  7. springy or bouncy or encouraging springinessa lively ball
  8. (of a boat or ship) readily responsive to the helm
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adverb Also: 'livelily
  1. in a brisk mannerstep lively
  2. look lively (interjection) make haste
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Derived Formsliveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for liveliest

lively

adj.

Old English liflic "living, existing," literally "life-like;" from life + -ly (2). Sense of "active, energetic" developed by early 13c., from notion "full of life."

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