Definition of qui vive in English:

qui vive


in phrase on the qui vive
  • On the alert or lookout.

    ‘duty requires the earnest liberal to spend most of his time on the qui vive for fascism’
    alert, awake, watchful, wide awake, observant, perceptive, percipient, acute, aware, noticing, heeding, heedful, mindful, vigilant, on guard, on one's guard, on one's toes, on the qui vive, on the lookout
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Late 16th century: from French, literally ‘(long) live who?’, i.e. ‘on whose side are you?’, used as a sentry's challenge.


qui vive

/kiː ˈviːv/