Definition of lively adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪvli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪvli//
    (livelier, liveliest) Energetic
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  1. 1  full of life and energy; active and enthusiastic synonym animated, vivacious an intelligent and lively young woman a lively and enquiring mind He showed a lively interest in politics. Her eyes were bright and lively. See related entries: Energetic
  2. 2  (of a place, an event, etc.) full of interest or excitement a lively bar a lively debate
  3. 3(of colours) strong and definite a lively shade of pink
  4. 4(especially British English) busy and active They do a lively trade in souvenirs and gifts.
  5. Word OriginOld English līflic ‘living, animate’ (see life, -ly).Extra examples The party got quite lively later on. Things got pretty lively towards the end of the evening. ‘Les vignes’ is a lively bar just off the main street. Her lively personality will be greatly missed. She has a lively and enquiring mind. She’s an intelligent and lively young woman. Younger people may prefer a livelier resort such as Malia.
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