- The definition of lively is moving quickly, full of life or full of spirit.
An example of lively used as an adjective is in the phrase, "a lively song," which means an upbeat song.
lively definition by Webster's New World
- full of life; active; vigorous
- full of spirit; exciting; animated: a lively debate
- showing or inspiring liveliness; cheerful
- moving quickly and lightly, as a dance
- brisk: a lively breeze
- vivid; keen; intense: lively colors
- ☆ bounding back with, or having, great resilience: a lively ball
Origin: Middle English liflich ; from Old English liflic: see life and amp; -ly
- liveliness noun
lively definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective live·li·er, live·li·est
- Full of life and energy; vigorous: a lively baby.
- Full of spirit; gay and animated: a lively tune.
- Marked by animated intelligence: a lively discussion.
- Invigorating; refreshing.
- Effervescent; sparkling.
- Keen; brisk: gave the kitchen floor a lively sweeping.
- Rebounding readily upon impact; resilient: a lively tennis ball. See Synonyms at active.
Origin: Middle English lifli, from Old English līflīc, from līf, life; see leip- in Indo-European roots.
- liveˈli·ly adverb
- liveˈli·ness noun