[vi-vey-shuhs, vahy-]


lively; animated; spirited: a vivacious folk dance.

Origin of vivacious

First recorded in 1635–45; vivaci(ty) + -ous
Related formsvi·va·cious·ly, adverbvi·va·cious·ness, nounun·vi·va·cious, adjectiveun·vi·va·cious·ly, adverbun·vi·va·cious·ness, noun

Synonyms for vivacious

Antonyms for vivacious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vivaciously

Historical Examples of vivaciously

  • Then vivaciously, 'My faith, your pilot-house wants a clean-up!'

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad

  • "For your scorn of her love," interposed Priscilla vivaciously.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin

  • She contented herself by arguing against it, and talking as vivaciously as she could.

  • "She has given my new doll a name," continued Ruby, vivaciously.

    Little Golden's Daughter

    Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

  • Just finished my shopping and thought Id have a look in here, she said vivaciously.

    Nothing But the Truth

    Frederic S. Isham

British Dictionary definitions for vivaciously



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 vivaciously



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

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