Definition of vivid in 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.’
    • ‘It's also notable that Wright leaves a far more vivid and haunting image in your mind.’
    • ‘My eyes shot open, the image of concrete inches from my face still vivid in my mind.’
    • ‘A clear and vivid mental picture must always precede the actual picture on paper.’
    • ‘Trent's words from the night before were still fresh in her mind, painting vivid pictures.’
    • ‘New moving images may become as vivid and powerful as traumatic memories in the mind of a child survivor.’
    • ‘Drop the unoriginal, vanilla stories and go for the ones that leave a strong, vivid impression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kit could feel the anger coursing through his mind and everything was vivid and clear.’
    • ‘The details of that day were so vivid in Adam's mind that it seemed like it had happened only yesterday.’
    • ‘Some of his set pieces can conjure a more vivid image in the mind's eye than the surviving works of art themselves.’
    • ‘The picture remains to this day vivid in my mind, as if it lingers there only to torture me.’
    • ‘The images, sounds and feelings are so vivid that the mind can't distinguish between reality and imagination.’
    • ‘She had another terrible nightmare and could not shake the vivid images from her mind.’
    • ‘When people hear the name Titanic many vivid and emotional images come to mind.’
    • ‘My mind has a vivid picture of it. do, since it happens in the blink of an eye.’
    • ‘And most of us do that, providing our readers with vivid images and resonant sounds.’
    • ‘The image of his death remains a vivid picture in my mind that I often replay today.’
    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 colour) intensely deep or bright.

    ‘the rhododendron bush provides a vivid splash of mauve’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His pieces are bright, luminous and painted in vivid colours.’
    • ‘I simply cannot resist going back to enjoy their vivid colours and sturdy growth.’
    • ‘Of course, its vivid colours are depicted, but also the grimy greys and blacks of modern urban Spain.’
    • ‘Most of these murals are very well preserved, and still bear most of their features and their vivid colours.’
    • ‘Its limpid pools, vivid colours and unusual plants will reinforce your sense of tranquility and equanimity.’
    • ‘We experience colour as feelings, and vivid colours can make you feel sassy, wild and energised.’
    • ‘You don't have to cross the Atlantic to enjoy vivid colours.’
    • ‘At the time, I liked big, single blooms with vivid colours, but now I've rather gone off them.’
    • ‘Colours are vivid and symbolic, including rich purple parchment and gold lettering.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only vivid colour was in the bays where waterlilies flowered.’
    • ‘These make ideal portable plants providing a fragrant perfume and vivid colour in early to mid-summer next year.’
    • ‘The display is great-very large, as you can see, with a bright backlight and vivid colour.’
    • ‘Sweet peas, busy Lizzies, pansies and marigolds are bringing vivid colours to a location which is on the brink of massive investment.’
    • ‘Beetroot is also great for making soup and can be sliced, diced or grated to add vivid colour to salads.’
    • ‘The deep, vivid colours make angels landing by silence much more than just another flower picture.’
    • ‘These will be in keeping with the dark, vivid colours within the store which includes deep reds and olive greens.’
    • ‘I have enjoyed painting in vivid colour for years now - the colours work on the psyche.’
    • ‘Fluorescent colours are vivid and eye-catching, even from a distance, because of special pigment used in the dyes.’
    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.

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