Lively - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈlaɪvli|  American pronunciation of the word lively
Brit.  |ˈlʌɪvli|  British pronunciation of the word lively
- full of zest or vigor (syn: racy)
- quick and energetic (syn: alert, brisk, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy)
a lively gait
- elastic; rebounds readily (syn: bouncy, live, resilient, springy)
a lively tennis ball
- filled with events or activity
a lively period in history
- full of spirit; full of life (syn: vital)
this whole lively world


The book is lively and well written.

They had a lively debate.

A lively atmosphere keeps people coming back to the café.

Lively children race for home.

A lively discussion is expected.

He was lively in conversation.

The hotel is situated next to the lively bustling port.

The book offers a lively account of her travels.

Even Paula has shown a lively interest in politics.

Charlie has a very lively imagination (=he often invents stories, descriptions etc that are not true).

The wine has a lively fruity flavour.

He likes to engage in lively discourse with his visitors.

...the resort community's social scene is lively during the summer but undergoes a deep quiescence during the long winter...

...there were too many wallflowers at the party, so things never really got lively...

He's a demon for detail and a lively writer.

Word forms

comparative: livelier
superlative: liveliest
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