1. strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.: a vivid green.
  2. full of life; lively; animated: a vivid personality.
  3. presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic: a vivid account.
  4. strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible: a vivid recollection.
  5. forming distinct and striking mental images: a vivid imagination.

Origin of vivid

1630–40; < Latin vīvidus lively, equivalent to vīv(ere) to live (see vital) + -idus -id4
Related formsviv·id·ly, adverbviv·id·ness, vi·vid·i·ty, nouno·ver·viv·id, adjectiveo·ver·viv·id·ly, adverbo·ver·viv·id·ness, nounun·viv·id, adjectiveun·viv·id·ly, adverbun·viv·id·ness, noun

Synonyms for vivid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for overvivid


  1. (of a colour) very bright; having a very high saturation or purity; produced by a pure or almost pure colouring agent
  2. brilliantly colouredvivid plumage
  3. conveying to the mind striking realism, freshness, or trueness to life; graphica vivid account
  4. (of a recollection, memory, etc) remaining distinct in the mind
  5. (of the imagination, etc) prolific in the formation of lifelike images
  6. making a powerful impact on the emotions or sensesa vivid feeling of shame
  7. uttered, operating, or acting with vigourvivid expostulations
  8. full of life or vitalitya vivid personality
Derived Formsvividly, adverbvividness, noun

Word Origin for vivid

C17: from Latin vīvidus animated, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for overvivid



1630s, from Latin vividus "spirited, animated, lively," from vivus "alive," from PIE *gwei- (see vital). Extension to colors is first recorded 1660s. Sense of "strong, distinct" (as of memories, etc.) is from 1680s; that of "very active or intense" (as of imagination, interest, etc.) is from 1853. Related: Vividly; vividness.

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