Definitions for: Lively


[adj] characterized by energetic activity; "a lively baby"
[adj] full of spirit; "a dynamic full of life woman"; "a vital and charismatic leader"; "this whole lively world"
[adj] filled with events or activity; "a lively period in history"
[adj] full of life and energy; "a lively discussion"; "lively and attractive parents"; "a lively party"
[adj] rebounds readily; "clean bouncy hair"; "a lively tennis ball"; "as resiliant as seasoned hickory"; "springy turf"
[adj] quick and energetic; "a brisk walk in the park"; "a lively gait"; "a merry chase"; "traveling at a rattling rate"; "a snappy pace"; "a spanking breeze"
[adj] full of zest or vigor; "a racy literary style"



Webster (1913) Definition: Live"ly, a. [Compar. Livelier; superl. Liveliest.]
[For lifely. Cf. Lifelike.]
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. [Obs.]

I spied the lively picture of my father.
--Massinger.

5. Bright; vivid; glowing; strong; vigorous.

The colors 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 (Script.), saints, as being quickened by the
Spirit, and active in holiness.

Syn: Brisk; vigorous; quick; nimble; smart; active; alert;
sprightly; animated; spirited; prompt; earnest; strong;
energetic; vivid; vivacious; blithe; gleeful; airy; gay;
jocund.


Live"ly, adv.
1. In a brisk, active, or animated manner; briskly;
vigorously. --Hayward.

2. With strong resemblance of life. [Obs.]

Thou counterfeitest most lively. --Shak.

Synonyms: active, alive, alive(p), animated, bouncing, bouncy, breezy, brisk, bubbling, bubbly, burbling, burbly, effervescent, effusive, elastic, eventful, full of life, gushing, live, merry, peppy, racy, rattling, resilient, scintillating, snappy, spanking, sparkling, sparkly, spirited, springy, vital, warm, whippy, zippy

Antonyms: dull

See Also: alert, energetic, rested

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