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

The noun sense (a type of marker pen) was genericized from a brand name.


  • IPA(key): /ˈvɪvɪd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪvɪd


vivid (comparative more vivid or vivider, superlative most vivid or vividest)

  1. (of perception) Clear, detailed or powerful.
  2. (of an image) Bright, intense or colourful.
    • 1959 March, “The 2,500 h.p. electric locomotives for the Kent Coast electrification”, in Trains Illustrated, page 125:
      Whenever the locomotive was working hard there was unmistakable evidence of its higher power than its predecessors in the brilliant and explosive arcing between conductor shoes and the third rail; this was particularly vivid in Quarry Tunnel in the down direction, where the display equalled anything we have seen on the frostiest of nights in an electrified third-rail area.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, →OCLC:
      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[1]:
      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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vivid (plural vivids)

  1. (New Zealand) A felt-tipped permanent marker.

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  1. second-person plural imperative of vivir