Definition of lively in US English:

lively

adjectiveliveliest, livelier

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

    ‘she joined a lively team of reporters’
    • ‘She is a lively little girl with blonde curly hair and sparkling eyes.’
    • ‘She was so lively and outgoing, and was very popular.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was an active and lively lad with loads of friends.’
    • ‘Active, lively and rugged, they make fun-loving and gentle pets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her eyes were blue, and just looking at them made Caroline realize that she had run into a lively, energetic girl.’
    • ‘Stacy - lively, outgoing, a quick speaker with a ready laugh - earned a master's in social work.’
    • ‘Older people with a lively and out-going approach to life stay healthier longer than those who have to stay home between four walls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Greeks are known for their lively, outgoing nature.’
    • ‘He was so active, so lively before the accident!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Daniella was a junior, an honor student, and a lively and cheerful girl.’
    • ‘Police believe the death of the former Warneford School pupil who was described as a lively and cheerful girl by friends was drug-related.’
    • ‘Nine-year-old Ricky is described as a lively, active boy who loves reading, swimming, watching TV and playing computer games.’
    • ‘She's very capable and, in fact, often is thought of by strangers as just an exceptional lively and uninhibited character.’
    • ‘Although a lively and outgoing teenager, he lives with the effects of what his father, Greg, termed ‘subtle neurological damage’.’
    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’
      • ‘The city boasts a strong European flavor, with cobbled streets, chic restaurants and a lively atmosphere.’
      • ‘‘Shanghai is certainly a more lively place with different attractions’ he said, explaining his decision to return.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the fast is broken, there are festive activities in a lively atmosphere.’
      • ‘Grins, smiles, and laughter made the market a lively place.’
      • ‘The town was a lively place, buzzing with activity.’
      • ‘But the bazaar was the only lively place in the area.’
      • ‘The atmosphere is lively, especially at the busiest times (weekdays at lunchtime and from 6pm to 11 pm).’
      • ‘The karaoke bar maintained a lively atmosphere, even at such a late hour.’
      • ‘It was a very lively place, as the bar really is a bar.’
      • ‘If you are being encouraged to live in the town centre, then it is only because it is a lively place to be.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 luxurious boutique hotel is just five minutes from Oxford Street, in an area renowned for its lively atmosphere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Rookery is located close to London's trendy restaurants and bars and the area features a lively atmosphere.’
      • ‘And steps are being taken to create a lively atmosphere.’
      • ‘I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Village Cantina with its warm hospitality, lively atmosphere and great food.’
      busy, crowded, bustling, hectic, swarming, teeming, astir, buzzing, thronging
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    2. 1.2 Intellectually stimulating or perceptive.
      ‘a lively discussion’
      ‘her lively mind’
      • ‘Their different attitudes and life experiences lead to lively discussions on topics of history and philosophy, art and literature.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite the differences they had lively and interesting discussions about the meaning of life and death.’
      • ‘The best lessons are particularly lively and stimulating, with pupils responding with total concentration.’
      • ‘Cuvier found her to have a lively, intelligent mind, an excellent memory, and a good ear for music.’
      • ‘I remember sitting and having quite a lively and animated discussion with friends a few years ago about this very subject.’
      • ‘The debate is lively and stimulating, and many of the exchanges are intelligent and filled with views that are argued with cool logic.’
      • ‘We are obviously in slippery territory here: this is precisely what makes this discussion interesting and lively.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The most intellectually lively and revolutionary branch of Italian socialism was at this time the syndicalist movement.’
      • ‘The lecture was followed by a lively discussion.’
      • ‘As it happened, I had a fairly lively and animated discussion with the governor on monetary policy, my favourite hobby horse.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, it would be a foolish man who tried to dictate to three such lively and intelligent minds.’
      • ‘Over forty students discussed the future of multiculturalism at Macalester in a series of lively discussions last Saturday.’
      • ‘A lively discussion followed about costs and convenience.’
      • ‘Thank you both very much for a spirited, lively, intelligent discussion.’
      • ‘Nor has there been of late any lively intellectual interest in the topic.’
      • ‘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.’
      heated, vigorous, stimulating, animated, spirited, enthusiastic, forceful
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    3. 1.3 (of a vessel) buoyant and responsive in a sea.
      • ‘This should result in a much more lively and competitive boat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

lively

/ˈlaɪvli//ˈlīvlē/