Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of animation and spirit; lively: a charming and vivacious host.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lively and animated; full of life and energy.
  • adj. Long-lived.
  • adj. Difficult to kill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having vigorous powers of life; tenacious of life; long-lived.
  • adj. Sprightly in temper or conduct; lively; merry.
  • adj. Living through the winter, or from year to year; perennial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Perennial: sometimes applied to plants which live from year to year.
  • Having vigorous powers of life; long-lived; tenacious of life.
  • Lively; active; sprightly in temper or conduct; proceeding from or characterized by sprightliness.
  • Synonyms Animated, brisk, gay, merry, jocund, lighthearted, sportive, frolicsome. See animation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. vigorous and animated

Etymologies

From Latin vīvāx, vīvāc-, from vīvere, to live; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vīvāx ("lively, vigorous"), from vīvō ("to live"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "I detest them all!" replied she, shaking her bright ringlets in vivacious scorn.

    Agnes Grey

  • The project started in 2004, when Ms. Barron realized that even though her mother was slipping away, one way to bring her back to recall the vivacious, pleasantly eccentric mother she remembered from her childhood was to tag along as her mother went into her closet and through her clothes.

    Clothing Makes a Woman

  • She was known as a vivacious hostess, but in the memoir she mostly shows up playing solitaire or watching soap operas in bed while her husband, who will have his own serious health problems, keeps a hectic schedule.

    In new book, David Eisenhower, wife Julie mine memories of Ike's twilight years

  • Two-time Emmy nominee, Debbie Matenopoulos is most well-known as the vivacious beauty who dishes the latest in celebrity news, style and entertainment.

    Boom With A View – The Inside Scoop on Debbie Matenopoulos

  • D. is ordinarily what is known as a vivacious person.

    The Foundations of Personality

  • She is usually classed as intelligent because she is vivacious, that is, her mind follows the trend of things quickly, and she marshals whatever she knows very readily.

    The Foundations of Personality

  • One of the so-called vivacious type of Viennese of the lower class, smiling a conscious smile, her hair elaborately waved and dressed, her figure high-busted, narrow-waisted; earrings, chains, bracelets.

    Fanny Herself

  • "What does your sister do for entertainment?" asked his questioner, recalling the vivacious little face under the hat with the saucy bronze quills.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land

  • "Not what I should call a vivacious man," said Mangles, looking dismally across the room.

    The Vultures

  • "Francesca is what you might call a vivacious person," he said.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

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  • Melanine used this word when she was defending Scarlet.

    June 10, 2012

  • "Deal With It!" Author: Paula White pg.31

    This phrase "beautiful of form also means lively, vivacious, and extremely attractive.

    November 1, 2010