What does lively mean?

Definitions for lively
ˈlaɪv lilive·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lively.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. livelyadjective

    full of life and energy

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

  2. lively, racyadjective

    full of zest or vigor

    "a racy literary style"

  3. alert, brisk, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippyadjective

    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, springyadjective

    elastic; rebounds readily

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

  5. livelyadjective

    filled with events or activity

    "a lively period in history"

  6. full of life, lively, vitaladjective

    full of spirit

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Livelyadjective

    Etymology: live and like.

    But wherefore comes old Manoa in such haste,
    With youthful steps? much livelier than ere while
    He seems; supposing here to find his son,
    Or of him bringing to us some glad news? John Milton, Ag.

    Form’d by thy converse, happily to steer
    From grave to gay, from lively to severe. Alexander Pope.

    Since a true knowledge of nature gives us pleasure, a lively imitation of it in poetry or painting must produce a much greater. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    His faith must be not only living, but lively too; it must be brightened and stirred up by a particular exercise of those virtues specifically requisite to a due performance of this duty. Robert South, Sermons.

    The colours of the prism are manifestly more full, intense and lively, than those of natural bodies. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Imprint upon their minds, by proper arguments and reflections, a lively persuasion of the certainty of a future state. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

  2. Livelily, Livelyadverb

    They brought their men to the slough, who discharging lively almost close to the face of the enemy, did much amaze them. John Hayward.

    That part of poetry must needs be best, which describes most lively our actions and passions, our virtues and our vices. John Dryden, State of Innocence. Pref. to his.

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. Livelyadverb

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

  7. Livelyadverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lively

    līv′li, adj. showing life: vigorous, active: sprightly: spirited: vivid.—adv. vivaciously, vigorously.—adv. Līve′lily.—n. Līve′liness.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lively

    To lift lightly to the sea; as a boat, &c.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lively is ranked #3279 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lively surname appeared 11,026 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Lively.

    87.9% or 9,695 total occurrences were White.
    6.7% or 749 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 258 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 203 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 62 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 60 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Anagrams for lively »

  1. evilly

  2. vilely

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lively in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lively in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of lively in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Reed:

    They were rocking, it was really loud and they were going. But they’re fine because it’s just the steady kind of noise. So it almost feels like just white noise. So it’s not that bad. But it definitely makes it more lively out there. You definitely hear them.

  2. Donald Trump:

    This lively sport reflects our national spirit and our can-do attitude. At every NASCAR race, you will see thousands of patriotic Americans, from the grandstands to the pit stalls, proudly waving our flag and roaring with joy at the words,' Start your engines,'.

  3. Draft Biden executive director:

    Democratic supporters are hungry for a race. They want a lively debate.

  4. Asa Hutchinson:

    Most everyone who was involved in the discussion agreed we needed to update the statues with representatives of our more recent history. But there were many opinions about which historic figures best represented our state, the debate was lively and healthy. In the end, the Senate chose Daisy Lee Gatson Bates and Johnny Cash.

  5. Hazlitt:

    A lively blockhead in company is a public benefit. Silence or dulness by the side of folly looks like wisdom.

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