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Language: Old English
Origin: liflic, from lif; LIFE

lively

adjective
     
live‧ly S3 comparative livelier, superlative liveliest
1

people

someone who is lively has a lot of energy and is very active:
a lively child
2

place/situation

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
3

music/movements

lively movements or music are very quick and exciting:
a lively Spanish dance
4

discussion/description etc

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
5

mind/thoughts

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).
6

colour

very bright:
a lively combination of colours
7

taste

something that has a lively taste has a strong but pleasant taste:
The wine has a lively fruity flavour.
8

Look lively!

BrE spoken Step lively! American English spoken used to tell someone to hurry
liveliness noun [uncountable]

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