Lively meaning

līvlē
Full of spirit; exciting; animated.

A lively debate.

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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.

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Full of life; active; vigorous.
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Showing or inspiring liveliness; cheerful.
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In a lively manner.
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Full of life; energetic.
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Bright; vivid; glowing; strong; vigorous.
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(archaic) Endowed with or manifesting life; living.
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(archaic) Representing life; lifelike.
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(archaic) Airy; animated; spirited.
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(of beer) Fizzy; foamy; tending to produce a large head in the glass.
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(nautical) Term of address.
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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 [...].

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With energy or vigor; briskly.

Step lively!

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Moving quickly and lightly, as a dance.
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Brisk.

A lively breeze.

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Vivid; keen; intense.

Lively colors.

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Bounding back with, or having, great resilience.

A lively tennis ball.

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Rebounding readily upon impact; resilient.

A lively tennis ball.

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Origin of lively

  • Middle English lifli from Old English līflīc from līf life leip- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English lÄ«flÄ«Ä‹e.

    From Wiktionary