lively

[ lahyv-lee ]
/ ˈlaɪv li /

adjective, live·li·er, live·li·est.

adverb

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

Nearby words

  1. livedoid,
  2. livedoid dermatitis,
  3. livelihood,
  4. livelily,
  5. livelong,
  6. liven,
  7. livenza,
  8. liver,
  9. liver acinus,
  10. liver chestnut

Origin of lively

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

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British Dictionary definitions for unlively

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 unlively

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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