Lively vs Lifeless - What's the difference?

lively | lifeless |


As a proper noun lively

is .

As an adjective lifeless is

inanimate; having no life.

lively

English

Etymology 1

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

Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)

Adjective

(er)
  • 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

    Noun

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

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .

    Adverb

    (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

    * *

    lifeless

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • inanimate; having no life
  • dead; having lost life
  • uninhabited, or incapable of supporting life
  • dull or lacking vitality
  • departed
  • Derived terms

    * lifelessness