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[vi-vey-shuh s, vahy-] /vɪˈveɪ ʃəs, vaɪ-/
lively; animated; gay:
a vivacious folk dance.
Origin of vivacious
1635-45; vivaci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
vivaciously, adverb
vivaciousness, noun
unvivacious, adjective
unvivaciously, adverb
unvivaciousness, noun
spirited, brisk.
languid. Unabridged
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  • He made himself the centre of the table, and he was so vivacious that none wished to question his supremacy.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • They were vivacious damsels and their conversation and laughter were by no means subdued.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She was a lady of striking figure and very graceful manners, perhaps more serious than vivacious.

    The Life of George Borrow Herbert Jenkins
  • The Frenchman drank a little and slowly, and was merry and vivacious.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • You could see from his frank and vivacious face that he had Spanish blood in his veins.

British Dictionary definitions for vivacious


full of high spirits and animation; lively or vital
(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

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

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