lively

[ lahyv-lee ]
/ ˈlaɪv li /

adjective, live·li·er, live·li·est.

adverb

with briskness, vigor, or animation; briskly: to step lively.

Origin of lively

before 1000; Middle English; Old English līflīc vital. See life, -ly
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lively

/ (ˈlaɪvlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

adverb Also: 'livelily

in a brisk mannerstep lively
look lively (interjection) make haste
Derived Formsliveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for liveliness

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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