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Borrowing from Latin vividus (animated, spirited), from vivere (to live), akin to vita (life), Ancient Greek βίος (bíos, life).



vivid (plural vivids)

  1. (New Zealand) A felt-tipped permanent marker, genericised from the brand.


vivid (comparative vivider, superlative vividest)

  1. (of perception) Clear, detailed or powerful.
  2. (of an image) Bright, intense or colourful.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess[1]:
      The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. To display them the walls had been tinted a vivid blue which had now faded, but the carpet, which had evidently been stored and recently relaid, retained its original turquoise.
  3. Full of life, strikingly alive.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 32, in The Dust of Conflict[2]:
      The vivid, untrammeled life appealed to him, and for a time he had found delight in it; but he was wise and knew that once peace was established there would be no room in Cuba for the Sin Verguenza.

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  1. (Spain) Informal second-person plural (vosotros or vosotras) affirmative imperative form of vivir.