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lively

[lahyv-lee] /ˈlaɪv li/
adjective, livelier, liveliest.
1.
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.
9.
fresh or invigorating, as air:
a lively breeze.
10.
rebounding quickly; springing back; resilient:
a lively tennis ball.
11.
riding the sea buoyantly, as a ship.
adverb
12.
with briskness, vigor, or animation; briskly:
to step lively.
Origin of lively
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English līflīc vital. See life, -ly
Related forms
livelily, adverb
liveliness, noun
overliveliness, noun
overlively, adjective
unliveliness, noun
unlively, adjective, adverb
Synonyms
1. alert, spry, nimble, agile, quick, pert. 2. gay, buoyant. 5. forceful, clear. 7. brilliant, clear, glowing.
Antonyms
1. inactive, torpid. 2. dull. 5. weak. 7. dim.
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  • The Bordeaux wine circulated; the dinner table became a livelier scene than ever, and the fun grew fast and furious.

    Father Goriot Honore de Balzac
  • The American's heart beat a livelier tempo at the suggestion.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Denser grow the throngs and livelier the excitement, for all the rain.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • Hazarding the looking-glass, she thought that she could detect a livelier iris too.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • There is one real advantage that America has over England, largely due to its livelier and more impressionable ideal.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • She is like her in other respects, too; but livelier and more energetic.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • Afterward young and old joined in the livelier motions of the Virginia Reel.

    The Colonial Cavalier Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • I wish I could see him livelier; is there nothing you can suggest to cheer him up?'

    The Bishop's Secret Fergus Hume
  • A lively welcome and livelier reprimand were at his service.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
British Dictionary definitions for livelier

lively

/ˈlaɪvlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
full of life or vigour
2.
vivacious or animated, esp when in company
3.
busy; eventful
4.
characterized by mental or emotional intensity; vivid
5.
having a striking effect on the mind or senses
6.
refreshing: a lively breeze
7.
springy or bouncy or encouraging springiness: a lively ball
8.
(of a boat or ship) readily responsive to the helm
adverb
9.
in a brisk manner: step lively
10.
(interjection) look lively, make haste
Derived Forms
liveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for livelier

lively

adj.

Old English liflic "living, existing," literally "life-like;" from life + -ly (2). Sense of "active, energetic" developed by early 13c., from notion "full of life."

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