from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Full of life and energy; vigorous: a lively baby.
- adj. Full of spirit; gay and animated: a lively tune.
- adj. Marked by animated intelligence: a lively discussion.
- adj. Invigorating; refreshing.
- adj. Effervescent; sparkling.
- adj. Keen; brisk: gave the kitchen floor a lively sweeping.
- adj. Rebounding readily upon impact; resilient: a lively tennis ball. See Synonyms at active.
- adv. With energy or vigor; briskly: Step lively!
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. In a lifelike manner; vibrantly, vividly.
- adj. Full of life; energetic.
- adj. fizzy; foamy; tending to produce a large head in the glass
- n. Term of address.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Endowed with or manifesting life; living.
- adj. Brisk; vivacious; active.
- adj. Gay; airy; animated; spirited.
- adj. Representing life; lifelike.
- adj. Bright; vivid; glowing; strong; vigorous.
- adv. In a brisk, active, or animated manner; briskly; vigorously.
- adv. With strong resemblance of life.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Living; endowed with or manifesting life; hence, from a living source; life-given.
- Lifelike; representing or resembling life or reality; real; vivid; forcible: as, a lively imitation of nature.
- Full of life or energy; active; vigorous; vivacious; brisk; alert: applied to persons or things: as, a lively child; lively faith.
- Animated; spirited; sprightly; gay: as, a lively dance; lively conversation.
- Fresh; vivid; bright: said of colors and tints.
- Riding the sea buoyantly: said of a ship or boat.
- In a lifelike manner; with the appearance of reality; semblably.
- With life or animation; energetically; vigorously; briskly: as, to act lively.
- In golf, base-ball, and similar games, elastic: applied to a ball possessing special elasticity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. elastic; rebounds readily
- adj. filled with events or activity
- adj. full of spirit
- adj. quick and energetic
- adj. full of zest or vigor
- adj. full of life and energy
Middle English lifli, from Old English līflīc, from līf, life; see leip- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English līflīċe. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English lyvely, lifly, from Old English līflīċ ("living, lively, long-lived, necessary to life, vital"), equivalent to life + -ly. Cognate with Scots lively, lifely ("of or pertaining to life, vital, living, life-like"). (Wiktionary)