One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Showing or involving great activity or vitality.‘energetic exercise’
active, lively, dynamic, zestful, spirited, animated, vital, vibrant, sparkling, bouncy, bubbly, perky, bright and breezy, frisky, sprightly, tireless, indefatigable, enthusiastic, zealous, fiery, passionatevigorous, strenuous, brisk, livelyforceful, aggressive, vigorous, high-powered, all-out, determined, zealous, fiery, impassioned, emphatic, bold, pushing, driving, effective, effectual, powerful, potentView synonyms
- ‘You are assertive, bold and energetic, and this helps you move closer towards your goals.’
- ‘An energetic youngster, she dabbled in countless sports before finally concentrating on hockey.’
- ‘She'd forgotten how tough looking after an energetic youngster was.’
- ‘Like all gun dogs, and hunters, this breed needs lots of energetic exercise to remain fit and healthy.’
- ‘There are literally scores more activities for those feeling energetic enough to choose from.’
- ‘Folk dances from the Punjab were a delight to watch, and the energetic youngsters who performed, did much to make the evening memorable.’
- ‘He was praised for his extremely energetic and effective leadership.’
- ‘Youngsters have already come up with some of their own designs which cater for younger primary school age children up to teenagers who wanted more energetic activities.’
- ‘And those who do get into the aerobics classes are cramped into a small room, which some say is not suitable for their energetic activities.’
- ‘His poems display a vigorous and energetic fascination with nature.’
- ‘He takes an upbeat and energetic approach to exercise.’
- ‘These activists are young, energetic and determined.’
- ‘Is it any wonder then that the government is concerned with an obesity problem among the young when their scope for energetic activity is so severely limited?’
- ‘The youngsters performed energetic dance routines and went through numerous costume changes to look the part.’
- ‘Kane, who is three and a half, has been in care since birth and is an energetic youngster who loves running and dancing and is always ‘on the go’.’
- ‘She is targeting energetic youngsters for help as they will soon be free of exams and on their school summer holidays.’
- ‘Some people may be skeptical and oppose such energetic activities and outspoken words from a member of the imperial family.’
- ‘We need to teach our children to delight in energetic activity, not enervating entertainment.’
- ‘This is one of the reasons why you generally feel refreshed and more energetic after exercise.’
- ‘Mum Gillian is very proud of her son, who has always been a very energetic youngster, she says.’
- 1.1Physics Characterized by a high level of energy (in the technical sense)‘energetic X-rays’
- ‘Gamma rays are the most energetic of all electromagnetic radiation, and we have little experience with them in everyday life.’
- ‘When a beam of such energetic electrons collides with an atom, gamma rays burst forth.’
- ‘An energetic wave is then created which allows the genetic material to enter surrounding cells’
- ‘These voltages would also explain the radio emission from energetic electrons observed near Jupiter by the Ulysses spacecraft.’
- ‘It is therefore difficult to model the energetic costs of intermittent activity using standard methods.’
- 1.2 Relating to energy (in the technical sense).
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘powerfully effective’): from Greek energētikos, from energein ‘operate, work in or upon’ (based on ergon ‘work’).
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