vivacious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vivacious vigorous and animated "a vibrant group that challenged the system","a charming and vivacious hostess","a vivacious folk dance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vivacious Having vigorous powers of life; tenacious of life; long-lived. "Hitherto the English bishops have been vivacious almost to wonder. . . . But five died for the first twenty years of her [Queen Elizabeth's] reign.""The faith of Christianity is far more vivacious than any mere ravishment of the imagination can ever be."
    • Vivacious (Bot) Living through the winter, or from year to year; perennial.
    • Vivacious Sprightly in temper or conduct; lively; merry; as, a vivacious poet. "Vivacious nonsense."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vivacious Perennial: sometimes applied to plants which live from year to year.
    • vivacious Having vigorous powers of life; long-lived; tenacious of life.
    • vivacious Lively; active; sprightly in temper or conduct; proceeding from or characterized by sprightliness.
    • vivacious Synonyms Animated, brisk, gay, merry, jocund, lighthearted, sportive, frolicsome. See animation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vivacious vī-vā′shus (or vi-), lively or long-lived: active: sportive
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vívax, -acis, fr. vivere, to live. See Vivid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vivax, vivacisvivĕre, to live.

Usage

In literature:

Dulness and sadness were impossible with that vivacious little person at hand; and so long as she stayed, Clover had small leisure to be mournful.
"Clover" by Susan Coolidge
The lighter parts of 'L'Etoile du Nord' are delightfully arch and vivacious, and much of the concerted music is gay and brilliant.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
Deliver it in a vivacious manner, noting the elastic touch-action of the tongue.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
From Mrs. A., also, I received kind attentions, paid in the vivacious and graceful manner of her nation.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
He was also far too vivacious and fond of society for the monotonous work of the plain farmer.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
For the rest, he seemed intelligent, vehement, vivacious, and full of life.
"Life of Lord Byron, With His Letters And Journals, Vol. 5 (of 6)" by (Lord Byron) George Gordon Byron
To-night he is going to Madame Mohl, who is well and as vivacious as ever.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
She was never so beautiful, never so vivacious, never so resourceful.
"The Husbands of Edith" by George Barr McCutcheon
The girl was talking vivaciously, familiarly, and Oddington was laughing.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
Her step was elastic, her manner vivacious and confiding.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
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In poetry:

Different the districts; but all in all:
Spirits vivacious, with longings that spur them,
Depths full of song, with billows that stir them,
Folk of the fjord and the sudden squall.
"Romsdal" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

The vivacious Edwardian beauty wrote Hollywood screenplays, modeled for soft drink companies, and flew her own airplane over the English Channel.
Married to gorgeous, brilliant Vanessa, he lusts after his mother-in-law, Poppy Eisenhower, "vivacious as an apple orchard in a tornado".
Ian MacKinnon is a pleasant, bearded guy in his mid-30s, whose relentlessly vivacious, salacious one-man lecture/carny act, Ian MacKinnon's Gay Hist -Orgy.
Dinah Shore, a vivacious entertainer who was widely loved for her homey , heartfelt singing and breezy Southern charm, died yesterday at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif She was 76.
From painting the inside of cabinets a vivacious color to building storage space into furniture, small details can make even the smallest space feel larger - and pop.
1 is a scherzo of incredible vivaciousness, throwing all three instruments into a lively, virtuosic dance.
When Katharine Hepburn was considered for a key role in a comedy, the question came up: Can this vivacious, romantic star prove also to make people laugh.
Before there were the Three Tenors, a singular soprano made opera accessible to millions with her vivacious smile and distinctly populist charm.
0Tangerine Tango, a vivacious red-orange, has been dubbed Pantone's Color of the Year for 2012.
A vivacious Pinot Grigio tastes like twice the price: Wine of the week.
Classmates stunned by loss of vivacious Paly graduate Friends recall Emily Benatar as exuberant, creative, with wide social circle.
Hopefully all these vivacious vixens will warm us up a bit.
The companion piece for this joyous holiday concert is Vivaldi's vivacious Gloria, a quintessential Baroque experience.
Four words that describe the wedding: Spectacular, unforgettable, vivacious, sentimental.
In 2000, 21-year-old Lucie Blackman, a vivacious British blonde, sick of being a flight attendant and troubled by debt, headed to Tokyo to take a job as a bar hostess.
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