What It Means to Be Alive

Alive, ə-′līv , adjective, Middle English, from Old English on life, from on + līf

abounding, abundant, activated, activating, active, adroit, aggressive, agile, airy, alert, alive, all ears, animated, ardent, around, aroused, attentive, awake, awakened, aware, blithe, bouncy, bountiful, breathing, bright, brisk, bucked, buoyant, bustling, busy, cagey, careful, changing, charismatic, cheerful, cheery, chipper, chirpy, circumspect, clever, cognizant, coming on strong, compelling, conscious, contented, copious, driving,
dynamic, dynamical, eager, ebullient, effective, effervescent, elated, electric, energetic, energized, energizing, enlivening, enterprising, enthusiastic, excited, existent, existing, extant, facile, fast on the draw, fervent, filled, flush, forceful, forcible, full of pep, functioning, gay, glad, gladsome, go-ahead, go-getter, go-getting, going, good hands, good-humored, good-natured, growing, happy, hard-hitting, heads up, hearty, heedful, high, high-powered, hilarious, hip, hopeful, hot, hyped-up, in good spirits, in high spirits, influential, intelligent, intense, jaunty, jazzed, jocund, jolly, joyful, kinetic, knowing, lighthearted, live, lively, living, lusty, magnetic, merry, mortal, nimble, observant, on guard, on one’s toes, on the ball, on the job, on the lookout, on the qui vive, operating, operative, optimistic, overflowing, passionate, peppy, perceptive, perky, play for keeps, play hard ball, pleasant, plenteous, potent, powerful, prodigal, productive, profuse, progressive, prolific, psyched up, quick, ready, red-blooded, replete, resilient, rife, roseate, rosy, roused, running, sanguine, sensible, sentient, sharp, snappy, sparkling, speedy, spirited, sprightly, springy, spry, stirring, strenuous, strong, subsisting, sunny, sunny side up, swarming, switched on, teeming, unrecorded, up, upbeat, vehement, viable, vibrant, vigilant, vigorous, vital, vitalized, vitalizing, vivacious, vivid, wakeful, waking, wary, watchful, wide-awake, winsome, wired, wise, with it, working, zappy, zealous, zestful, zingy, zippy, zoetic.

Copyright 2013 Daniel J. Metevier

More to come …

Leave a Reply