Lively Definition

līvlē
livelier, liveliest
adjective
livelier, liveliest
Full of life; active; vigorous.
Webster's New World
Full of spirit; exciting; animated.
A lively debate.
Webster's New World
Characterized by much activity or excitement.
American Heritage
Showing or inspiring liveliness; cheerful.
Webster's New World
Quick-paced.
A lively tune.
American Heritage
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adverb
With energy or vigor; briskly.
Step lively!
American Heritage
In a lively manner.
Webster's New World
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 [...].
Wiktionary
Wiktionary
noun
(nautical) Term of address.
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Other Word Forms of Lively

Noun

Singular:
lively
Plural:
livelies

Adjective

Base Form:
lively
Comparative:
livelier
Superlative:
liveliest

Origin of Lively

  • 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

  • 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

  • Old English lÄ«flÄ«Ä‹e.

    From Wiktionary

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