[vi-vey-shuhs, vahy-]
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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

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Historical Examples of 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


  1. full of high spirits and animation; lively or vital
  2. 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 vivaciousness



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

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