Definition of lively in English:

lively

adjective

  • 1Full of life and energy; active and outgoing.

    ‘a lively and uninhibited girl’
    • ‘He was an active and lively lad with loads of friends.’
    • ‘This is a very active dog, lively and built for endurance.’
    • ‘In spite of her age, she travels extensively and remains a very active and lively person, known for her remarkable joie de vivre.’
    • ‘Nine-year-old Ricky is described as a lively, active boy who loves reading, swimming, watching TV and playing computer games.’
    • ‘Although a lively and outgoing teenager, he lives with the effects of what his father, Greg, termed ‘subtle neurological damage’.’
    • ‘Her eyes were blue, and just looking at them made Caroline realize that she had run into a lively, energetic girl.’
    • ‘Active, lively and rugged, they make fun-loving and gentle pets.’
    • ‘Stacy - lively, outgoing, a quick speaker with a ready laugh - earned a master's in social work.’
    • ‘She was so lively and outgoing, and was very popular.’
    • ‘Police believe the death of the former Warneford School pupil who was described as a lively and cheerful girl by friends was drug-related.’
    • ‘He was so active, so lively before the accident!’
    • ‘Ever since he broke into Alex's first team as a lively 16-year old away to Gillingham in October 2000, he has looked the part.’
    • ‘The Greeks are known for their lively, outgoing nature.’
    • ‘He was so lively and full of energy that it dawned on us that he must have been in some sort of pain for a lot longer than we had thought.’
    • ‘Amusing a group of active, lively children may seem a daunting task for any parent or teacher who is organising a day trip or school tour.’
    • ‘She's very capable and, in fact, often is thought of by strangers as just an exceptional lively and uninhibited character.’
    • ‘Older people with a lively and out-going approach to life stay healthier longer than those who have to stay home between four walls.’
    • ‘Daniella was a junior, an honor student, and a lively and cheerful girl.’
    • ‘They told a story of how a fresh-faced, lively outgoing child had descended into East London's drug underworld, which they believe cost him his life.’
    • ‘She is a lively little girl with blonde curly hair and sparkling eyes.’
    energetic, active, animated, vigorous, dynamic, full of life, outgoing, spirited, high-spirited, vivacious, enthusiastic, vibrant, buoyant, exuberant, effervescent, cheerful
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    1. 1.1(of a place or atmosphere) full of activity and excitement.
      ‘Barcelona's many lively bars’
      • ‘‘Shanghai is certainly a more lively place with different attractions’ he said, explaining his decision to return.’
      • ‘Part of the Old Town which has been destroyed by the fire is the Grassmarket area, a lively place with a number of bars, cafes and restaurants frequented by students.’
      • ‘Grins, smiles, and laughter made the market a lively place.’
      • ‘When the fast is broken, there are festive activities in a lively atmosphere.’
      • ‘It's always a good, lively atmosphere as people unwind after the week, hang out, drink mulled wine or chilled beers, chat and dance.’
      • ‘The atmosphere is lively, especially at the busiest times (weekdays at lunchtime and from 6pm to 11 pm).’
      • ‘The town was a lively place, buzzing with activity.’
      • ‘The vacant shed in a local park may look old and dilapidated, but it could soon become a lively place of play for children if the latest in a long list of ambitious revamp plans bears fruit.’
      • ‘It was a very lively place, as the bar really is a bar.’
      • ‘The Rookery is located close to London's trendy restaurants and bars and the area features a lively atmosphere.’
      • ‘I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Village Cantina with its warm hospitality, lively atmosphere and great food.’
      • ‘The karaoke bar maintained a lively atmosphere, even at such a late hour.’
      • ‘If you are being encouraged to live in the town centre, then it is only because it is a lively place to be.’
      • ‘In singing along, several were swept up in the lively atmosphere and boldly picked up their dinner utensils and used them as improvised musical instruments.’
      • ‘But the bazaar was the only lively place in the area.’
      • ‘And steps are being taken to create a lively atmosphere.’
      • ‘The luxurious boutique hotel is just five minutes from Oxford Street, in an area renowned for its lively atmosphere.’
      • ‘It's beauty and lively atmosphere attracts visitors from all over the world, making it a thriving business and tourism centre.’
      • ‘Blackpool was an extremely lively place this week.’
      • ‘The city boasts a strong European flavor, with cobbled streets, chic restaurants and a lively atmosphere.’
    2. 1.2Intellectually stimulating or perceptive.
      ‘a lively discussion’
      ‘her lively mind’
      • ‘I'd like to thank the majority of you, regardless of your views, who contribute to the discussions in a lively and intelligent way - you add a lot to the site.’
      • ‘Nor has there been of late any lively intellectual interest in the topic.’
      • ‘The debate is lively and stimulating, and many of the exchanges are intelligent and filled with views that are argued with cool logic.’
      • ‘Thank you both very much for a spirited, lively, intelligent discussion.’
      • ‘Jaspan inherits a newspaper with the kind of resources a keen editor with a lively mind and a constitution tested by the fire of Fleet St would find irresistible.’
      • ‘I remember sitting and having quite a lively and animated discussion with friends a few years ago about this very subject.’
      • ‘We are obviously in slippery territory here: this is precisely what makes this discussion interesting and lively.’
      • ‘The best lessons are particularly lively and stimulating, with pupils responding with total concentration.’
      • ‘A lively discussion followed about costs and convenience.’
      • ‘Despite the differences they had lively and interesting discussions about the meaning of life and death.’
      • ‘A bonus is the Reading Group Companion Section at the end of the novel, featuring 10 questions sure to stimulate a lively discussion of the book.’
      • ‘The lecture was followed by a lively discussion.’
      • ‘So, if you would like to read, or have already read, these books and are interested in having some lively discussion on their merits or demerits, contact Deirdre on the number above.’
      • ‘The most intellectually lively and revolutionary branch of Italian socialism was at this time the syndicalist movement.’
      • ‘My relationship with him has been founded upon conversation and the odd long lunch, at which there has usually been some disagreement and lively discussion.’
      • ‘Cuvier found her to have a lively, intelligent mind, an excellent memory, and a good ear for music.’
      • ‘Over forty students discussed the future of multiculturalism at Macalester in a series of lively discussions last Saturday.’
      • ‘However, it would be a foolish man who tried to dictate to three such lively and intelligent minds.’
      • ‘As it happened, I had a fairly lively and animated discussion with the governor on monetary policy, my favourite hobby horse.’
      • ‘Their different attitudes and life experiences lead to lively discussions on topics of history and philosophy, art and literature.’
    3. 1.3British ironic Difficult or challenging.
      ‘a lively homeward passage dodging aircraft and E-boats’
      • ‘The Young Consumers of the Year competition is a lively challenge for young people aged between 14 and 17.’
      • ‘But I hope for us it is not more lively and difficult than today, eh?’
    4. 1.4(of a boat) rising lightly to the waves.
      • ‘But cleaning fish on a lively boat that is heading for home at best speed can be fraught with danger if proper precautions are not taken.’
      • ‘KSA owns several types of dinghy, from lively Laser Picos to family boats such as Wayfarers, which members can hire for a very reasonable £5 for two hours.’

Phrases

Origin

Old English līflic ‘living, animate’(see life, -ly).

Pronunciation:

lively

/ˈlʌɪvli/