adjective, livelier, liveliest.
full or suggestive of life or vital energy; active, vigorous, or brisk: a lively discussion.
animated, spirited, vivacious, or sprightly: a lively tune; a lively wit.
eventful, stirring, or exciting: The opposition gave us a lively time.
bustling with activity; astir: The marketplace was lively with vendors.
strong, keen, or distinct; vivid: a lively recollection.
striking, telling, or effective, as an expression or instance.
vivid or bright, as color or light: a lively pink.
sparkling, as wines.
fresh or invigorating, as air: a lively breeze.
rebounding quickly; springing back; resilient: a lively tennis ball.
riding the sea buoyantly, as a ship.
with briskness, vigor, or animation; briskly: to step lively.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English līflīc vital. See life, -ly

livelily, adverb
liveliness, noun
overliveliness, noun
overlively, adjective
unliveliness, noun
unlively, adjective, adverb

1. alert, spry, nimble, agile, quick, pert. 2. gay, buoyant. 5. forceful, clear. 7. brilliant, clear, glowing.

1. inactive, torpid. 2. dull. 5. weak. 7. dim. Unabridged
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lively (ˈlaɪvlɪ)
adj , -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
9.  in a brisk manner: step lively
10.  (interjection) look lively make haste

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Word Origin & History

O.E. liflic "living, existing," lit. "life-like;" sense of "active, energetic" developed by early 13c.
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Example sentences
Pencil and pen have a liveliness and beautiful texture that computer drawing
  can never achieve.
And yet there is a liveliness to her poem-part elegy, part war memorial-that
  prevents it from becoming so.
She expected to miss the convenience and liveliness of the neighborhood, but
  that proved not to be the case.
In the fullness of being literate, there is humanness-wakefulness, liveliness
  and engagement.
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