[ vi-vey-shuhs, vahy- ]
/ vɪˈveɪ ʃəs, vaɪ- /


lively; animated; spirited: a vivacious folk dance.

Origin of vivacious

First recorded in 1635–45; vivaci(ty) + -ous
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vivacious


/ (vɪˈveɪʃəs) /


full of high spirits and animation; lively or vital
obsolete having or displaying tenacity of life
Derived Formsvivaciously, adverbvivaciousness, noun

Word Origin for vivacious

C17: from Latin vīvax lively; see vivace
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Word Origin and History for vivacious



1640s, from Latin vivax (genitive vivacis) "lively, vigorous" (see vivacity). Related: Vivaciously.

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