Definition of vivid in US English:

vivid

adjective

  • 1Producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind.

    ‘memories of that evening were still vivid’
    ‘a vivid description’
    • ‘His images created by the vivid description of desert life and earthly love scenes were never excelled by later lyricists.’
    • ‘And most of us do that, providing our readers with vivid images and resonant sounds.’
    • ‘A clear and vivid mental picture must always precede the actual picture on paper.’
    • ‘New moving images may become as vivid and powerful as traumatic memories in the mind of a child survivor.’
    • ‘When people hear the name Titanic many vivid and emotional images come to mind.’
    • ‘Some of his set pieces can conjure a more vivid image in the mind's eye than the surviving works of art themselves.’
    • ‘Drop the unoriginal, vanilla stories and go for the ones that leave a strong, vivid impression.’
    • ‘She had another terrible nightmare and could not shake the vivid images from her mind.’
    • ‘My mind has a vivid picture of it. do, since it happens in the blink of an eye.’
    • ‘The image of his death remains a vivid picture in my mind that I often replay today.’
    • ‘Kit could feel the anger coursing through his mind and everything was vivid and clear.’
    • ‘My eyes shot open, the image of concrete inches from my face still vivid in my mind.’
    • ‘Trent's words from the night before were still fresh in her mind, painting vivid pictures.’
    • ‘The descriptions were so vivid she could almost picture the races that he spoke of.’
    • ‘Kat woke up with a start, the images from the previous night's dreams still vivid in her mind.’
    • ‘The images were still vivid in her mind, as if she were watching a scene of a movie over and over again.’
    • ‘It's also notable that Wright leaves a far more vivid and haunting image in your mind.’
    • ‘The details of that day were so vivid in Adam's mind that it seemed like it had happened only yesterday.’
    • ‘The images, sounds and feelings are so vivid that the mind can't distinguish between reality and imagination.’
    • ‘The picture remains to this day vivid in my mind, as if it lingers there only to torture me.’
    graphic, evocative, realistic, true to life, lifelike, faithful, authentic, clear, crystal clear, detailed, lucid, striking, arresting, impressive, colourful, highly coloured, rich, dramatic, picturesque, lively, stimulating, interesting, fascinating, scintillating
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  • 2(of a color) intensely deep or bright.

    • ‘Most of these murals are very well preserved, and still bear most of their features and their vivid colours.’
    • ‘The only vivid colour was in the bays where waterlilies flowered.’
    • ‘His pieces are bright, luminous and painted in vivid colours.’
    • ‘Of course, its vivid colours are depicted, but also the grimy greys and blacks of modern urban Spain.’
    • ‘Its limpid pools, vivid colours and unusual plants will reinforce your sense of tranquility and equanimity.’
    • ‘Colours are vivid and symbolic, including rich purple parchment and gold lettering.’
    • ‘The display is great-very large, as you can see, with a bright backlight and vivid colour.’
    • ‘We experience colour as feelings, and vivid colours can make you feel sassy, wild and energised.’
    • ‘At the time, I liked big, single blooms with vivid colours, but now I've rather gone off them.’
    • ‘Fluorescent colours are vivid and eye-catching, even from a distance, because of special pigment used in the dyes.’
    • ‘The deep, vivid colours make angels landing by silence much more than just another flower picture.’
    • ‘You don't have to cross the Atlantic to enjoy vivid colours.’
    • ‘I have enjoyed painting in vivid colour for years now - the colours work on the psyche.’
    • ‘The quest was for good, strong geraniums to go in a big planter by the front door and give us a dash of vivid colour right through the summer and on into the autumn.’
    • ‘Beetroot is also great for making soup and can be sliced, diced or grated to add vivid colour to salads.’
    • ‘Walk this soon just for the heather and don't much worry about the weather because the colour is more vivid under a dull sky.’
    • ‘I simply cannot resist going back to enjoy their vivid colours and sturdy growth.’
    • ‘Sweet peas, busy Lizzies, pansies and marigolds are bringing vivid colours to a location which is on the brink of massive investment.’
    • ‘These will be in keeping with the dark, vivid colours within the store which includes deep reds and olive greens.’
    • ‘These make ideal portable plants providing a fragrant perfume and vivid colour in early to mid-summer next year.’
    bright, bright-coloured, colourful, deep-coloured, brilliant, glowing, radiant, vibrant, strong, bold, deep, intense, rich, warm, flaming, flamboyant, glaring, eye-catching
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  • 3archaic (of a person or animal) lively and vigorous.

    • ‘The question is whether the author can live up to the vivid characters and style of the first book.’
    • ‘His innocent boyish face suggests a young, vivid child, a likeable person.’
    • ‘Bristling with vivid characters, they give an electrifying glimpse into an unknown world.’
    • ‘He's a vivid character - a mystery that we as readers want to have solved but never can.’
    • ‘Fisk is a garlanded, dynamic, vivid reporter, one of the best in the world.’
    dynamic, flamboyant, striking, strong, powerful, fiery, lively, animated, spirited, vibrant, vital, vigorous, energetic, vivacious, zestful
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin vividus, from vivere ‘to live’.

Pronunciation

vivid

/ˈvɪvɪd//ˈvivid/