lively

lively
lively adj Lively, animated, vivacious, sprightly, gay denote in common keenly alive.
Lively suggests especially briskness, alertness, or energy
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spent an hour in lively talk about their respective travels in England and France

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she . . . was a lively conversationalist, advanced, original— Gore

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the horses . . . were lively, and sprang about the street— Thackeray

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Animated applies especially to what is also spirited or bright
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was not nearly so animated as he had been in his pre-khaki days; there was a quiet exaltation in his manner rather than a lively excitement— H. G. Wells

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the animated excitement and hubbub that gives the . . . institution its friendly vitality— Saarinen

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Vivacious and sprightly suggest greater lightness of spirits or quickness of wit; they apply especially to manner or language
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remember her as very pretty and vivacious . . . I never met a girl with as much zip— Ring Lardner

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in contrast to the dour, lethargic, and solitary orang, the chimpanzee is highly active, vivacious . . . and uninhibitedly vocal—La Barre

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he was sprightly, vigorous, fiery in his belief in success— Crane

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readers prefer sprightly trash to dull excellence— Canby

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Gay implies utter carefreeness and exuberant or overflowing spirits
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wild with joyful expectation .. . with an heart light, gay, and independent— Austen

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he was a gay old fellow with a large paunch, a ribald sense of humor, and an ingratiating smile— Hervey Allen

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Analogous words: *agile, nimble, brisk, spry: buoyant, effervescent, volatile, expansive, resilient, *elastic: *merry, blithe, jocund, jolly: mirthful, gleeful, hilarious (see corresponding nouns at MIRTH)
Antonyms: dull
Contrasted words: *lethargic, sluggish, torpid: *languid, lackadaisical, listless, languorous: stolid, apathetic, phleg-matic, *impassive: tedious, *irksome, boring

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  • Lively — may refer to:; People * Adam Lively (born 1961), British novelist * Blake Lively (born 1987), American actress * Edward Lively (1545–1605), English linguist and biblical scholar * Eric Lively (born 1981), American actor * Ernie Lively (born 1947) …   Wikipedia

  • Lively — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Blake Lively (* 1987), US amerikanische Schauspielerin Eric Lively (* 1981), US amerikanischer Schauspieler Gerry Lively, US amerikanischer Kameramann und Filmregisseur Penelope Lively (* 1933), britische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lively — Live ly, a. [Compar. {Livelier}; superl. {Liveliest}.] [For lifely. Cf. {Lifelike}.] 1. Endowed with or manifesting life; living. [1913 Webster] Chaplets of gold and silver resembling lively flowers and leaves. Holland. [1913 Webster] 2. Brisk;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lively — [līv′lē] adj. livelier, liveliest [ME liflich < OE liflic: see LIFE & LY1] 1. full of life; active; vigorous 2. full of spirit; exciting; animated [a lively debate] 3. showing or inspiring liveliness; cheerful …   English World dictionary

  • lively — live‧ly [ˈlaɪvli] adjective FINANCE if trading on the stock market is lively, people are buying and selling a lot of stocks, shares etc: • In Milan, trading was lively for the first time in weeks …   Financial and business terms

  • Lively — Live ly, adv. 1. In a brisk, active, or animated manner; briskly; vigorously. Hayward. [1913 Webster] 2. With strong resemblance of life. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Thou counterfeitest most lively. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lively — ► ADJECTIVE (liveier, liveliest) 1) full of life and energy. 2) (of a place) full of activity. 3) intellectually stimulating or perceptive. ● look lively Cf. ↑look sharp …   English terms dictionary

  • lively — index rapid, volatile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lively — O.E. liflic living, existing, lit. life like; from LIFE (Cf. life) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Sense of active, energetic developed by early 13c., from notion full of life …   Etymology dictionary

  • lively — [adj] energetic, active, busy agile, alert, animate, animated, astir, blithe, blithesome, bouncy, bright, brisk, buoyant, bustling, buzzing, cheerful, chipper*, chirpy*, complex, dashing, driving, effervescent, enjoyable, enterprising,… …   New thesaurus

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