"Vivacious" <vs> "bubbly" <vs> "dynamic"

panzerfaust0

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mandarin
Hello. I that that these three adjectives, "vivacious", "bubbly" and "dynamic", are very similar, right? They all (roughly) mean someone who is full of vitality, enthusiasm, and energy in a very charming, appealing way (correct me if wrong). The only difference is that "vivacious" applies to women and girls, "bubbly" is the colloquial equivalent of "vivacious", and "dynamic" is more for men/guys.

Am I correct? Thanks.
 
  • Andygc

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    British English
    Vivacious and bubbly are close to being complete synonyms. Dynamic is not. Somebody can be dynamic - they do what they need or want to do with energy and enthusiasm - but might be the last person you want at a party.
     

    panzerfaust0

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    mandarin
    Vivacious and bubbly are close to being complete synonyms. Dynamic is not. Somebody can be dynamic - they do what they need or want to do with energy and enthusiasm - but might be the last person you want at a party.
    So dynamic is bad?

    Also can I use "vivacious"/"bubbly" to describe men/boys too?
     

    panzerfaust0

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    mandarin
    I don't think I've ever heard either of them applied to a male who wasn't gay, although "bubbly" could work to describe a mixed group, or possibly just "a bubbly personality". :)
    So what would be the equivalent of "bubbly"/"vivacious" that can be applied to men?
     

    panzerfaust0

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    mandarin
    Maybe "flamboyant", "outgoing", "personable", "chipper", "life and soul of the party".
    I like your list. Of these adjectives, I like "outgoing" and "personable" the most. I think that I will use "charming and outgoing" for men. This is the closest to "vivacious" that I can get.
     

    Hildy1

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    English - US and Canada
    To me, "bubbly" is rather patronizing. It usually suggests that the person (woman) is empty-headed.
     
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