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lively

[ lahyv-lee ]
/ ˈlaɪv li /
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adjective, live·li·er, live·li·est.
adverb
with briskness, vigor, or animation; briskly: to step lively.
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Origin of lively

First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English līflīc “vital”; see life, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for lively

lively
/ (ˈlaɪvlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest
adverb Also: 'livelily
in a brisk mannerstep lively
look lively (interjection) make haste

Derived forms of lively

liveliness, noun
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