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Definition of the adjective lively

What does lively mean as an attribute of a noun?

Lively is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more lively / livelier | most lively / liveliest

  1. full of life and energy
  2. full of zest or vigor
  3. quick and energetic
  4. elastic; rebounds readily
  5. filled with events or activity
    • example: a lively period in history
    • similar: eventful
  6. full of spirit; full of life

Alternative definition of the adjective lively


  1. Full of life; energetic.

Definition of the adverb lively

What does lively mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. [obsolete] In a lifelike manner; vibrantly, vividly.


  1. Lively a.k.a. Lively, West Virginia: Lively is an unincorporated community in Fayette County, West Virginia.
  2. Lively a.k.a. Lively, Missouri: Lively is an unincorporated community in Benton County, Missouri, United States. Lively is located on Knobby Creek 15.1 miles east of Warsaw.

There are other places with in their name, like Lively Grove Township and Lively Technical Center.


"Lively" a.k.a. "Lively!" is a composition, cataloged instance.


Lively is a ship.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Lively

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Google previewThe Collected Works of Dugald Stewart: Elements of the philosophy of the human mind ... To which is prefixed introduction and part first of the Outlines of moral philosophy. 1854 (1854)

by Dugald Stewart, John Veitch

The word lively refers to the quickness of the association.

Google previewThe collected works (1854)

Elements of the philosophy of the human mind ; Vol. 1 by Dugald Stewart

The word lively refers to the quickness of the association. The word rich or luxuriant, to the variety of associated ideas. 4.

Google previewElements of the philosophy of the human mind (1855)

by Dugald Stewart

The word lively refers to the quickness of the association. The word rich, or luxuriant, to the variety of associated ideas. 4. Of invention in the arts and sciences. — To these powers of wit and fancy, that of invention in the arts and sciences has a ...

Google previewAdams' New Musical Dictionary of Fifteen Thousand Technical Words, Phrases, Abbreviations, Initials, and Signs Employed in Musical and Rhythmical Art and Science, in Nearly Fifty Ancient and Modern Languages (1865)

by John Stowell Adams

With quiekness; spirited; lively. Vite et Rapide. (Fre.) Quiek and rapid. Vitement. (Fre.) Rapidly. Vitten. (Dut.) To sing. , Viula. The name given in the twelfth eentury to the viol.

Google previewThe American History and Encyclopedia of Music (1908)

by William Lines Hubbard

Quick; brisk; lively; animated. vite (vêt) Fr. adj. and adv. vitement (vët-män) Fr. adv . 1. (adj. Quick; rapid. 2. (adv.) Quickly; rapidly. Un pen plus vite, a little more quickly. vitesse (vë-tës) Fr. n. Quickness; swiftness; rapidity. vito (vë'-tô) It. adj. Quick ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of British Writers, 1800 to the Present (2009)

by George Stade, Karen Karbiener

Lively, Penelope Margaret 303 ouac's cross-country road trip, as depicted in On the Road (1957), from New York to San Francisco, all the while struggling with the emotional and psychological complexities of changing romantic relationships ...

Google previewModern Music and Musicians: The great composers, part 2. Critical and biographical sketches on modern music ; Pronouncing dictionary of musical terms ; Biographical dictionary of musicians (1918)

Quick, lively. The word is occasionally employed to ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Musical Terms (1884)

To which is Prefixed an Introduction to the Elements of Music by Frederick Niecks

Lively ...

Google previewFirst Name Reverse Dictionary (1993)

Given Names Listed by Meaning, 2d ed. by Yvonne Navarro

Gail f father; gay; joy; lively; sing; singer Gaile m gay; lively Gailen m healer; tranquil Gainer m fair; head; son Gainor m fair; head; son Gaius m rejoicer Gala f single; wealthy Galatea fivory; milky; white Galatia fivory Gale f father; gay; joy; lively; ...

Google previewHandbook of Music and Biographical Dictionary (1911)

Containing Concise Sketches of Over 2000 Prominent Composers and Explanations of More Than 3000 Musical Terms

Lively, sprightly, quickly. Vivacetto (It.) Rather lively.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1814)

LIVELY, adj. [ from life and like..] Brisk; vigorous; vivacious : 13ut wherefore comes old Manoa in ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

sparkle, spirit, tittup, vim, vivacity lively: active, agile, airy, alert, alive, animated, blithe, bright, brisk, buoyant, bustling, busy, buzzing, cheery, chipper, chirpy, eager, effervescent, energetic, enthusiastic, exuberant, feisty, fresh, frisky, humming, ...

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A lively, disinterested, persistent looking for truth is extraordinarily rare. Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not to be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism or doubt. (Henri-Frederic Amiel)
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Scrabble value of L1I1V4E1L1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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