Definitions for livelyˈlaɪv li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

live•lyˈlaɪv li(adj. and adv.)-li•er, -li•est.

  1. (adj.)full or suggestive of life or vital energy; active, vigorous, or brisk:

    a lively discussion.

  2. animated; spirited, vivacious, or sprightly:

    a lively tune; a lively wit.

  3. eventful, stirring, or exciting:

    The opposition gave us a lively time.

  4. bustling with activity; astir:

    The marketplace was lively with vendors.

  5. strong, keen, or distinct; vivid:

    a lively recollection.

  6. striking, telling, or effective, as an expression or instance.

  7. vivid or bright, as color or light:

    a lively pink.

  8. sparkling, as wines.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  9. fresh or invigorating, as air:

    a lively breeze.

  10. rebounding quickly; resilient:

    a lively tennis ball.

  11. (adv.)with briskness, vigor, or animation; briskly:

    to step lively.

Origin of lively:

bef. 1000; ME; OE līflīc vital


Princeton's WordNet

  1. lively(adj)

    full of life and energy

    "a lively discussion"; "lively and attractive parents"; "a lively party"

  2. lively, racy(adj)

    full of zest or vigor

    "a racy literary style"

  3. alert, brisk, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy(adj)

    quick and energetic

    "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze"

  4. bouncy, live, lively, resilient, springy(adj)

    elastic; rebounds readily

    "clean bouncy hair"; "a lively tennis ball"; "as resilient as seasoned hickory"; "springy turf"

  5. lively(adj)

    filled with events or activity

    "a lively period in history"

  6. full of life, lively, vital(adj)

    full of spirit

    "a dynamic full of life woman"; "a vital and charismatic leader"; "this whole lively world"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. lively(adjective)ˈlaɪv li

    energetic and enthusiastic

    a lively little boy; a lively debate/discussion

  2. livelyˈlaɪv li

    full of people and activity

    a lively beach resort

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lively

    endowed with or manifesting life; living

  2. Lively

    brisk; vivacious; active; as, a lively youth

  3. Lively

    gay; airy; animated; spirited

  4. Lively

    representing life; lifelike

  5. Lively

    bright; vivid; glowing; strong; vigorous

  6. Lively(adverb)

    in a brisk, active, or animated manner; briskly; vigorously

  7. Lively(adverb)

    with strong resemblance of life


  1. Lively

    Lively is the fifth album by the North Carolina band Arrogance, released in 1981. It was recorded live in March 1981 around various clubs in North Carolina. Most of these songs were unreleased at the time of its release, although a few existed as singles or B-Sides. Some also existed as unreleased demos. In its initial release, a bonus "Dog Breath" EP was included, which featured six 1960s cover songs such as "Born to Be Wild." This would be their final record until the release of 2002's The 5'11" Record.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lively' in Adjectives Frequency: #742

Anagrams of lively

  1. Evilly

  2. Vilely

Translations for lively

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


active; full of life, high spirits or movement

She took a lively interest in us; The music is bright and lively.

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