From Middle English lyvely, lifly, from Old English līflīċ (“living, lively, long-lived, necessary to life, vital”), equivalent to life + -ly. Cognate with Scots lively, lifely (“of or pertaining to life, vital, living, life-like”). Doublet of lifely.
- lifely (obsolete)
- Full of life; energetic.
- 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], →OCLC, page 85, lines 452–455:
- But wherefore comes old Manoa in such haſt, / With youthful ſteps? much livelier then e're while / He ſeems.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC, page 77:
- [...] St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of railway viaducts, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.
- 2011 September 29, Jon Smith, “Tottenham 3 – 1 Shamrock Rovers”, in BBC Sport, archived from the original on 27 November 2018:
- Bright, glowing, vivid; strong, vigorous.
- 1688, Robert South, Sacramental Preparation: Set forth in a Sermon on Matthew 5, 12.:
- His faith must be not only living, but lively too.
- (archaic) Endowed with or manifesting life; living.
- c. 1600, Philemon Holland
- chaplets of gold and silver resembling lively flowers and leaves
- c. 1600, Philemon Holland
- (archaic) Representing life; lifelike.
- (archaic) Airy; animated; spirited.
- (of beer) Fizzy; foamy; tending to produce a large head in the glass.
- (full of life): frisky, peppy, zestful; see also Thesaurus:active
- (vivid, strong, vigorous): intense
- (endowed with or manifesting life): extant, live, vital; see also Thesaurus:alive
- (representing life): lifey, limned, naturalistic,
- (fizzy, foamy): frothy, spumescent
- lively person
- lively character
- lively lady
- lively woman
- lively man
- lively audience
- lively personality
- lively art
- lively guide
- lively activity
- lively game
- lively lesson
- lively introduction
- lively discussion
- lively debate
- lively writing
- lively image
- lively town
- lively city
- lively village
lively (plural livelies)
- Vibrantly, vividly.
- (obsolete) In a lifelike manner.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, translated by John Florio, The Essayes […], London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], →OCLC:, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.220-1:
- the Painter Protogenes […] having perfected the image of a wearie and panting dog, […] but being unable, as he desired, lively to represent the drivel or slaver of his mouth, vexed against his owne worke, took his spunge, and moist as it was with divers colours, threw it at the picture […].