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[lahyf-lahyk] /ˈlaɪfˌlaɪk/
resembling or simulating real life:
a lifelike portrait.
Origin of lifelike
1605-15; life + -like
Related forms
lifelikeness, noun
unlifelike, adjective Unabridged
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  • The picture of the sheep was so lifelike that the great man asked the boy, Giotto, to go with him and become an artist.

  • The very atmosphere is tremulous with the sounds, lifelike and joyous as they are!

  • The foot-notes describing the habits, etc., of the originals of the lifelike illustrations will be found exceedingly interesting.

    The First Capture Harry Castlemon
  • The beast perched upon the edge of the bowl was so lifelike.

  • He drew his wolf with a lifelike accuracy, inspired by the memory of those long, cold hours under a winter moon.

  • But they were so lifelike in their subdued color in the shade that he was for a moment startled.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • This thing has been born, not manufactured: nor has any portrait that is lifelike been drawn without some model.

    Among Famous Books John Kelman
British Dictionary definitions for lifelike


closely resembling or representing life
Derived Forms
lifelikeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lifelike

1610s, "likely to live," from life (n.) + like (adj.). Meaning "exactly like the living original" is from 1725.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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