[ vi-vey-shuhs, vahy- ]
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  1. lively; animated; spirited: a vivacious folk dance.

Origin of vivacious

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

Other words for vivacious

Opposites for vivacious

Other words from vivacious

  • vi·va·cious·ly, adverb
  • vi·va·cious·ness, noun
  • un·vi·va·cious, adjective
  • un·vi·va·cious·ly, adverb
  • un·vi·va·cious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vivacious in a sentence

  • 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
  • Having secured a Democratic auditor, she doubtless "improved the occasion" with her habitual vivaciousness.

    Literary Shrines | Theodore F. Wolfe
  • Its influence was, perhaps, most felt by Marie, though her bright vivaciousness never failed her when the others were present.

    Marguerite De Roberval | T. G. Marquis
  • He had mentally played the woman to her superior vivaciousness too long for him to see her taking a culprit's attitude.

  • 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 vivacious


/ (vɪˈveɪʃəs) /

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

  2. obsolete having or displaying tenacity of life

Origin of vivacious

C17: from Latin vīvax lively; see vivace

Derived forms of vivacious

  • vivaciously, adverb
  • vivaciousness, noun

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