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Definition of LIVELY

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Lively \Live"ly\, a. [Compar. {Livelier}; superl. {Liveliest}.] [For lifely. Cf. {Lifelike}.]
     1. Endowed with or manifesting life; living.
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              Chaplets of gold and silver resembling lively flowers and leaves.                   --Holland. [1913 Webster]

     2. Brisk; vivacious; active; as, a lively youth. [1913 Webster]

              But wherefore comes old Manoa in such haste, With youthful steps ? Much livelier than erewhile He seems.                             --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     3. Gay; airy; animated; spirited.
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              From grave to gay, from lively to severe. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     4. Representing life; lifelike. [Obs.]
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              I spied the lively picture of my father.
                                                    --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

     5. Bright; vivid; glowing; strong; vigorous.
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              The colors of the prism are manifestly more full, intense, and lively that those of natural bodies.
                                                    --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

              His faith must be not only living, but lively too.
                                                    --South. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Lively \Live"ly\, adv.
     1. In a brisk, active, or animated manner; briskly; vigorously. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]

     2. With strong resemblance of life. [Obs.]
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              Thou counterfeitest most lively.      --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

242 Moby Thesaurus words for "lively":
     ablaze, active, actively, activist, activistic, acute, adaptable, adaptive, afire, aggressive, agile, agog, alacritous, alert, alive, all agog, all out, allegretto, allegro, animate, animated, animatedly, antic, anxious, ardent, astir, avid, blithe, boiling over, bouncing, bouncy, breakneck, breathless, breezily, breezy, bright, brilliant, brisk, briskly, bubbly, buoyant, burning, bursting to, bustling, busy, cant, capersome, catty, cheerful, cheery, chipper, chirk, chirping, chirpy, chirrupy, cock-a-hoop, coltish, cordial, curried, dashing, delirious, desirous, double-quick, drunk, dynamic, eager, eagle-winged, ebullient, effervescent, elastic, energetic, energetically, enterprising, enthusiastic, eventful, excited, exciting, expansive, expeditious, express, extensile, exuberant, fast, febrile, fervent, fervid, fevered, feverish, fiery, flaming, fleet, flexible, flexile, flushed, flying, forceful, forcible, forward, frisky, frolicsome, full of beans, full of go, full of life, full of pep, full tilt, galloping, gamesome, gay, gleeful, glowing, go-go, gorgeous, hair-trigger, hasty, headlong, hearty, heated, high-seasoned, hilarious, hot, hot as pepper, hustling, impassioned, impatient, impetuous, in full swing, incisive, intense, interesting, intoxicated, inviting, jocund, jolly, juicy, keen, kinetic, light of heel, light-footed, live, living, lusty, mercurial, merry, mettlesome, militant, mirthful, nimble, nimble-footed, nippy, on fire, panting, passionate, peart, peppery, peppy, perky, pert, piquant, playful, poignant, pointed, popping, precipitate, prompt, provocative, provoking, pungent, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought, quicksilver, racy, rapid, raring to, readable, ready, ready and willing, reckless, red-hot, resilient, responsive, rich, robust, rollicking, rollicksome, rompish, rousing, running, seasoned, skittish, smacking, snappy, spanking, sparkling, speedy, spiced, spicy, spirited, spiritedly, sportive, sprightly, springy, spry, steaming, steamy, stimulating, stirring, strenuous, stretch, stretchable, stretchy, strong, succulent, swarming, swift, take-charge, take-over, tangy, tantalizing, teeming, thought-challenging, thought-inspiring, thought-provoking, tickling, titillating, trenchant, unrestrained, vibrant, vigorous, vital, vivacious, vivaciously, vivid, volatile, warm, winged, with a kick, zealous, zestful, zesty, zingy, zippy


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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