|Origin:||liflic, from lif; LIFE|
live‧ly S3 comparative livelier, superlative liveliest
someone who is lively has a lot of energy and is very active:
a lively child
a place or situation that is lively is exciting because a lot of things are happening:
The hotel is situated next to the lively bustling port.
the city's lively nightlife
lively movements or music are very quick and exciting:
a lively Spanish dance
a lively discussion, description etc is very interesting and involves a lot of ideas:
The book offers a lively account of her travels.
a lively debate on environmental issues
someone who has a lively mind is intelligent and interested in a lot of things:
Even Paula has shown a lively interest in politics.
Charlie has a very lively imagination (=he often invents stories, descriptions etc that are not true).
a lively combination of colours
something that has a lively taste has a strong but pleasant taste:
The wine has a lively fruity flavour.
8 BrE spoken Step lively! American English spoken
used to tell someone to hurry
—liveliness noun [uncountable]