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vivacious

[vi-vey-shuh s, vahy-] /vɪˈveɪ ʃəs, vaɪ-/
adjective
1.
lively; animated; gay:
a vivacious folk dance.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; vivaci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
vivaciously, adverb
vivaciousness, noun
unvivacious, adjective
unvivaciously, adverb
unvivaciousness, noun
Synonyms
spirited, brisk.
Antonyms
languid.
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  • She was vivacious and outgoing, with an ever-present smile that never failed to cheer her colleagues.
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  • By all accounts she was a vivacious and much liked member of the community.
  • Among the smallest of these birds are the vivacious verdins and the sprightly gnat-catchers.
British Dictionary definitions for vivacious

vivacious

/vɪˈveɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
full of high spirits and animation; lively or vital
2.
(obsolete) having or displaying tenacity of life
Derived Forms
vivaciously, adverb
vivaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vīvax lively; see vivace
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Word Origin and History for vivacious
adj.

1640s, from Latin vivax (genitive vivacis) "lively, vigorous" (see vivacity). Related: Vivaciously.

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