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


lively; animated; spirited: a vivacious folk dance.


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Origin of vivacious

First recorded in 1635–45; vivaci(ty) + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM vivacious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for vivaciousness

  • Ray was winning, as usual, and amusing the men with her wit and vivaciousness.

    The Mask|Arthur Hornblow
  • Francesco noted the smile of her parted lips; he noted the vivaciousness with which she received the adoration of her guests.

    The Hill of Venus|Nathan Gallizier
  • But this ran spontaneously, and the other had often been stimulated—her vivaciousness on the Nile-boat, for a recent example.

British Dictionary definitions for vivaciousness

/ (vɪˈveɪʃəs) /


full of high spirits and animation; lively or vital
obsolete having or displaying tenacity of life

Derived forms of vivacious

vivaciously, adverbvivaciousness, noun

Word Origin for vivacious

C17: from Latin vīvax lively; see vivace
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