Lively vs Enchanting - What's the difference?

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Lively is a related term of enchanting.

As a proper noun lively

is .

As a verb enchanting is


As an adjective enchanting is

having the ability to enchant; charming, delightful.

As a noun enchanting is

an act of enchantment.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) lyvely, lifly, from (etyl) .

Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)


  • Full of life; energetic.
  • * 1671 , (John Milton), (Samson Agonistes)
  • But wherefore comes old Manoa in such haste, / With youthful steps? Much livelier than erewhile / He seems.
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=[…] 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 the railway viaduct, 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.}}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 29, author=Jon Smith, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Tottenham 3-1 Shamrock Rovers , passage=But with the lively Dos Santos pulling the strings behind strikers Pavlyuchenko and Defoe, Spurs controlled the first half without finding the breakthrough their dominance deserved.}}
  • Bright; vivid; glowing; strong; vigorous.
  • * 1704 , (Isaac Newton), (Opticks): Or, A Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light
  • The colours of the prism are manifestly more full, intense, and lively that those of natural bodies.
  • * 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
  • (archaic) Representing life; lifelike.
  • * 1632 , (Philip Massinger) and (Nathan Field), (The Fatal Dowry)
  • I spied the lively picture of my father.
  • (archaic) Airy; animated; spirited.
  • * 1734 , (Alexander Pope), (An Essay on Man)
  • From grave to gay, from lively to severe.
  • (of beer) Fizzy; foamy; tending to produce a large head in the glass.
  • Usage notes
    * Nouns to which "lively" is often applied: person, character, lady, woman, man, audience, personality, art, guide, activity, game, lesson, introduction, discussion, debate, writing, image, town, city, village, etc.
    Derived terms
    * look lively


  • (nautical)
  • * 1846 , (Herman Melville), (Typee)
  • Speak the word, my livelies , and I'll pilot her in.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en adverb)
  • (obsolete) In a lifelike manner.
  • * , III.i:
  • Him to a dainty flowre she did transmew, / Which in that cloth was wrought, as if it liuely grew.
  • *, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.220-1:
  • the Painter Protogenes .
  • Vibrantly, vividly.
  • Anagrams

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  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Having the ability to enchant; charming, delightful.
  • * 2013 , Daniel Taylor, Rickie Lambert's debut goal gives England victory over Scotland'' (in ''The Guardian , 14 August 2013)[]
  • "Fairytale" is an over-used word in football but there is certainly something enchanting about the Lambert story, rejected as a teenager at Liverpool and then playing at, among others, Blackpool, Rochdale, Stockport and Bristol Rovers.


    (en noun)
  • An act of enchantment.
  • * 1841 , Alfred Beesley, The History of Banbury (page 256)