[vi-vey-shuhs, vahy-]


lively; animated; spirited: a vivacious folk dance.

Nearby words

  1. vitória,
  2. vitória de conquista,
  3. viva,
  4. viva voce,
  5. vivace,
  6. vivaciously,
  7. vivacity,
  8. vivaldi,
  9. vivaldi, antonio,
  10. vivamus

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

Examples 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



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 vivaciousness



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

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