Livelier
Lively Live"ly, a. [Compar. {Livelier}; superl. {Liveliest}.] [For lifely. Cf. {Lifelike}.] 1. Endowed with or manifesting life; living. [1913 Webster]

Chaplets of gold and silver resembling lively flowers and leaves. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

2. Brisk; vivacious; active; as, a lively youth. [1913 Webster]

But wherefore comes old Manoa in such haste, With youthful steps ? Much livelier than erewhile He seems. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Gay; airy; animated; spirited. [1913 Webster]

From grave to gay, from lively to severe. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. Representing life; lifelike. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I spied the lively picture of my father. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

5. Bright; vivid; glowing; strong; vigorous. [1913 Webster]

The colors of the prism are manifestly more full, intense, and lively that those of natural bodies. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

His faith must be not only living, but lively too. --South. [1913 Webster]

{Lively stones} (Script.), saints, as being quickened by the Spirit, and active in holiness.

Syn: Brisk; vigorous; quick; nimble; smart; active; alert; sprightly; animated; spirited; prompt; earnest; strong; energetic; vivid; vivacious; blithe; gleeful; airy; gay; jocund. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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