from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, livens.
  • n. An alcoholic drink.


liven +‎ -er (Wiktionary)


  • Poor, simple Eddie, whose weary smile and ubiquitous brown leather waistcoat gave him the air of a long-suffering medieval farrier, was forever being dragged into subplots he couldn't understand when he'd much rather be trudging into the Argee Bhajee for an unhurried lunchtime livener.

    World Of Lather

  • When I'm putting together alovely livener, I don't want it to belet down by poor-quality mixers filled with preservatives and cheap, artificial sweeteners.

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's summer drinks recipes

  • Christ knows what they would do if the entire population "popped out for a livener" on a Friday night over here.

    One Tree Lightweights.

  • He thought a livener might be in order but there was a gentleman in uniform by the library door.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • He had joy of many widows and spinsters, to each of whom he said: "There's a grief-livener you are," and all of whom he gave over on hearing of the widow of Drefach.

    My Neighbors Stories of the Welsh People

  • Nevertheless, the need was pleaded, the interest of the band enlisted; a notorious character, saved from a life of sin, was coming from another corps to give his story; a startling bill inviting all to come, drunk or sober; a livener provided free, was well distributed by a band of scouts who had caught the spirit of the effort.

    The Angel Adjutant of "Twice Born Men"

  • "A tray bit, missus -- just thruppence -- a mouldy thruppence to get a livener."


  • Years after I met the same gentleman at another entertainer's table, where I found him in my presence not quite the livener-up they had expected, and he seemed a little shy of me; probably he thought me an omniscient, for I never told the poor man I had found him out.

    My Life as an Author

  • I only once met Theodore Hook, and that was in his decadence; he looked puffy and only semi-sober; but I recollect with how much deference and expectation the “livener-up” was eagerly surrounded, and how sillily the dupes laughed at every word he uttered, whether humorous or not.

    My Life as an Author

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