If you’re feeling lively, you might whistle a tune, go for a brisk jog, or strike up an amusing conversation. Lively means "active, spirited, and energetic."

Lively is an adjective derived from the noun "life," and it basically means "full of life." A lively party is exciting and entertaining. A lively person has an energetic personality, is always on alert, and prefers being active as opposed to just hanging around. Note that a "lively discussion" isn’t necessarily a happy discussion; it could be a spirited or even heated conversation where all parties are actively involved. Lively means the opposite of sluggish or dull.

Definitions of lively
  1. adjective
    full of life and energy
    “a lively discussion”
    lively and attractive parents”
    “a lively party”
    alert, watchful
    engaged in or accustomed to close observation
    alive, animated
    having life or vigor or spirit
    (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit
    bouncing, bouncy, peppy, spirited, zippy
    marked by lively action
    fresh and animated
    full of or showing high spirits
    bubbling, effervescent, frothy, scintillating, sparkly
    marked by high spirits or excitement
    burbling, burbly, effusive, gushing
    uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm
    abounding with life and energy
    characterized by liveliness or excitement or disagreement
    possessing or exerting or displaying energy
    displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
    not tired; refreshed as by sleeping or relaxing
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    lacking in liveliness or animation
    not animated or enlivened; dull
    colorless, colourless
    lacking in variety and interest
    arid, desiccate, desiccated
    lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
    dull and slow-moving and stolid; like an ox
    drab, dreary
    lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    heavy, leaden
    lacking lightness or liveliness
    humdrum, monotonous
    tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
    lackluster, lacklustre, lusterless, lustreless
    lacking brilliance or vitality
    lacking ardor or vigor or energy
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  2. adjective
    full of zest or vigor
    synonyms: racy
    displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
  3. adjective
    quick and energetic
    “a lively gait”
    synonyms: alert, brisk, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy
    possessing or exerting or displaying energy
  4. adjective
    filled with events or activity
    “a lively period in history”
    full of events or incidents
  5. adjective
    full of spirit
    “this whole lively world”
    synonyms: full of life, vital
    alive, animated
    having life or vigor or spirit
  6. adjective
    elastic; rebounds readily
    “a lively tennis ball”
    synonyms: bouncy, live, resilient, springy
    capable of resuming original shape after stretching or compression; springy
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