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Unused vs Lively - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between unused and lively

is that unused is not used while lively is full of life; energetic.

As a noun lively is

Term of address.

As an adverb lively is

in a lifelike manner.

As a proper noun Lively is




Usage notes

The second pronunciation () pronunciation, which is acceptable for either sense and is normally used for the "not used" sense in all registers.


(en adjective)
  • not used
  • I have two unused vouchers for a free meal.
  • not accustomed
  • I am unused to the dark nights of the countryside.





    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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