(comparative livelier, superlative liveliest)
- Full of life; energetic.
- Bright; vivid; glowing; strong; vigorous.
- (archaic) Endowed with or manifesting life; living.
- (archaic) Representing life; lifelike.
- (archaic) Airy; animated; spirited.
- (of beer) Fizzy; foamy; tending to produce a large head in the glass.
From Middle English lyvely, lifly, from Old English lÄ«flÄ«Ä‹ (“living, lively, long-lived, necessary to life, vital"), equivalent to life +"Ž -ly. Cognate with Scots lively, lifely (“of or pertaining to life, vital, living, life-like").
(comparative more lively, superlative most lively)
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1, p. 220-1:
- the Painter Protogenes [...] having perfected the image of a wearie and panting dog, [...] but being unable, as he desired, lively to represent the drivel or slaver of his mouth, vexed against his owne worke, took his spunge, and moist as it was with divers colours, threw it at the picture [...].
- vibrantly, vividly.