Definition of Lively

1. Adjective. Full of life and energy. "A lively party"




2. Adjective. Full of zest or vigor. "A racy literary style"
Exact synonyms: Racy
Similar to: Spirited
Derivative terms: Liveliness

3. Adjective. Quick and energetic. "A spanking breeze"
Exact synonyms: Alert, Brisk, Merry, Rattling, Snappy, Spanking, Zippy
Similar to: Energetic
Derivative terms: Briskness, Liveliness, Zip

4. Adjective. Elastic; rebounds readily. "Springy turf"

5. Adjective. Filled with events or activity. "A lively period in history"
Similar to: Eventful
Derivative terms: Liveliness

6. Adjective. Full of spirit. "This whole lively world"
Exact synonyms: Full Of Life, Vital
Similar to: Alive, Animated
Derivative terms: Liveliness, Vitality, Vitality, Vitality, Vitalize

Definition of Lively

1. a. Endowed with or manifesting life; living.

2. adv. In a brisk, active, or animated manner; briskly; vigorously.

Definition of Lively

1. Adjective. Full of life; energetic. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of beer) fizzy; foamy; tending to produce a large head in the glass ¹

3. Adverb. (obsolete) In a lifelike manner; vibrantly, vividly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lively

1. full of energy [adj -LIER, -LIEST] : LIVELILY [adv]

Medical Definition of Lively

1. 1. Endowed with or manifesting life; living. "Chaplets of gold and silver resembling lively flowers and leaves." (Holland) 2. Brisk; vivacious; active; as, a lively youth. "But wherefore comes old Manoa in such haste, With youthful steps ? Much livelier than erewhile He seems." (Milton) 3. Gay; airy; animated; spirited. "From grave to gay, from lively to severe." (Pope) 4. Representing life; lifelike. "I spied the lively picture of my father." (Massinger) 5. Bright; vivid; glowing; strong; vigorous. "The colours of the prism are manifestly more full, intense, and lively that those of natural bodies." (Sir I. Newton) "His faith must be not only living, but lively too." (South) Lively stones, saints, as being quickened by the Spirit, and active in holiness. Synonym: Brisk, vigorous, quick, nimble, smart, active, alert, sprightly, animated, spirited, prompt, earnest, strong, energetic, vivid, vivacious, blithe, gleeful, airy, gay, jocund. Origin: For lifely. Cf. Lifelike. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Lively

livelihood
livelihoods
livelily
liveliness
livelinesses
livelock
livelocked
livelocks
livelod
livelode
livelods
livelong
livelongs
livelood
liveloods
lively (current term)
livelyhood
liven
liven up
livened
livener
liveners
liveness
livenesses
livening
livens
liver
liver-shod clamp
liver-spleen scan
liver-spotted dalmatian

Literary usage of Lively

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"A will of a testatrix gave to Alexander lively and Minty lively, his wife, all her property for life, and provided that after their death the same should ..."

2. Southwestern Historical Quarterly by Texas State Historical Association, Eugene Campbell Barker, Herbert Eugene Bolton, University of Texas at Austin Center for Studies in Texas History (1900)
"When I ascertained from him that he was on the lively I requested him to write an account of his adventures on the lively and in Texas, which he did. ..."

3. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1874)
"In short, with Locke the simple idea, the perception lively of existence corresponding to the idea, and the judgment of ..."

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