lively Definition

  • 1full of energy and enthusiasm; active and outgoing
  • 2attractive and interesting; stimulating

Using lively: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "lively" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The party was very lively with music and dancing.

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    She has a lively personality and is always the center of attention.

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    The town has a lively arts scene with many galleries and theaters.

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    The book is a lively account of his travels in Asia.

lively Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using lively

  • to become lively, active, or exciting


    The party didn't really come alive until the band started playing.

  • energetic and lively, often used to describe children or animals


    The kids were full of beans after playing outside all afternoon.

  • extremely happy and excited, often used to describe children


    When she saw the presents under the tree, the little girl was jumping with joy.

Phrases with lively

  • a creative and imaginative mind that produces vivid and original ideas


    As a child, she had a lively imagination and would spend hours creating stories and characters.

  • a discussion or argument that is energetic, engaging, and often contentious


    The candidates engaged in a lively debate about the economy and job creation.

  • a means of supporting oneself, typically through work or business


    Fishing is the main lively hood for many people in this coastal town.

Origins of lively

from Old English 'liflic', meaning 'living, life-like'


Summary: lively in Brief

The term 'lively' [ˈlaɪvli] describes someone or something that is full of energy, enthusiasm, and activity. It can refer to a person's personality, as in 'She has a lively personality,' or to a social event, as in 'The party was very lively.' 'Lively' can also describe something that is attractive or interesting, such as 'The town has a lively arts scene.' Phrases like 'lively imagination' and idioms like 'full of beans' further emphasize the energetic and dynamic nature of the word.

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