Definition of lively in English:

lively

Line breaks: live¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɪvli
 
/

adjective (livelier, liveliest)

1Full of life and energy; active and outgoing: a lively and uninhibited girl
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
energetic, active, animated, vigorous, dynamic, full of life, outgoing, spirited, high-spirited, vivacious, enthusiastic, vibrant, buoyant, exuberant, effervescent, cheerful; bouncy, bubbly, perky, sparkling, sprightly, spry, youthful, zesty, zestful, frisky, skittish; fun, fun-loving
North American informal peart
1.1(Of a place or atmosphere) full of activity and excitement: Barcelona’s many lively bars
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
busy, crowded, bustling, hectic, swarming, teeming, astir, buzzing, thronging; vibrant, boisterous, jolly, festive
informal hopping, jumping, buzzy
British informal like Piccadilly Circus
1.2Intellectually stimulating or perceptive: a lively discussion her lively mind
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
heated, vigorous, stimulating, animated, spirited, enthusiastic, forceful; exciting, stirring, interesting, eventful, memorable
1.3 ironic , chiefly British Difficult or challenging: a lively homeward passage dodging aircraft and E-boats
More example sentences
  • The Young Consumers of the Year competition is a lively challenge for young people aged between 14 and 17.
  • But I hope for us it is not more lively and difficult than today, eh?
Synonyms
awkward, tricky, difficult, challenging; eventful, exciting, busy
informal hairy
1.4(Of a boat) rising lightly to the waves.
More example sentences
  • But cleaning fish on a lively boat that is heading for home at best speed can be fraught with danger if proper precautions are not taken.
  • KSA owns several types of dinghy, from lively Laser Picos to family boats such as Wayfarers, which members can hire for a very reasonable £5 for two hours.

Origin

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

Phrases

look lively

see look.

Derivatives

livelily

adverb

liveliness

noun
More 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.

More definitions of lively

Definition of lively in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day crowdsource
Pronunciation: ˈkraʊdsɔːs
verb
obtain (information) by enlisting help of many people…