"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for vivacious
  • Full of life alert active energetic vigorous spry vital vivacious buoyant exuberant zestful spirited responsive.
  • Nothing could be better in its kind than this vivacious entertainment.
  • Yet even in such places antelope will be found, as alert and as abounding with vivacious life as elsewhere.
  • It is a desperately vivacious, songful tumult, seemingly executed with bundled nerve ends.
  • She was vivacious and outgoing, with an ever-present smile that never failed to cheer her colleagues.
  • The final point is the use of modes of address to reflect a warm and vivacious culture.
  • Her irrepressible optimism, sense of humor and vivacious personality have served her well in personal and professional life.
  • But her smile, vivacious personality and dedication to her work will be remembered by all who met her.
  • 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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for vivacious

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for vivacious

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for vivacious

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with vivacious

Nearby words for vivacious