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lively Syllabification: live·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈlīvlē/

Definition of lively in English:

adjective (livelier, liveliest)

1Full of life and energy; active and outgoing: she joined a lively team of reporters
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  • He was so lively and full of energy that it dawned on us that he must have been in some sort of pain for a lot longer than we had thought.
  • Although a lively and outgoing teenager, he lives with the effects of what his father, Greg, termed ‘subtle neurological damage’.
  • Nine-year-old Ricky is described as a lively, active boy who loves reading, swimming, watching TV and playing computer games.
energetic, active, animated, dynamic, full of life, outgoing, spirited, high-spirited, vivacious, enthusiastic, vibrant, buoyant, exuberant, effervescent, cheerful;
bouncy, bubbly, perky, sparkling, zestful
1.1(Of a place or atmosphere) full of activity and excitement: Barcelona’s many lively bars
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  • When the fast is broken, there are festive activities in a lively atmosphere.
  • The karaoke bar maintained a lively atmosphere, even at such a late hour.
  • The town was a lively place, buzzing with activity.
busy, crowded, bustling, buzzing;
loud, rowdy;
vibrant, boisterous, jolly, festive
informal buzzy, hopping
1.2Intellectually stimulating or perceptive: a lively discussion her lively mind
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  • A bonus is the Reading Group Companion Section at the end of the novel, featuring 10 questions sure to stimulate a lively discussion of the book.
  • Thank you both very much for a spirited, lively, intelligent discussion.
  • However, it would be a foolish man who tried to dictate to three such lively and intelligent minds.
heated, vigorous, animated, spirited, enthusiastic, forceful;
exciting, interesting, memorable
1.3(Of a vessel) buoyant and responsive in a sea.
Example sentences
  • This should result in a much more lively and competitive boat.


Old English līflic 'living, animate' (see life, -ly1).


look lively

see look.





Example sentences
  • However, the performance quickly picks up great pace with a consistent liveliness and vitality, which is largely the result of some brilliant individual performances.
  • We were much taken with the city, strolling around, enjoying the liveliness and the energy of the place.
  • Her animation and liveliness engaged her young students, as evidenced by the children's laughter and high degree of participation.

Words that rhyme with lively

fortnightly • housewifely

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