Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition: The revival lacked the verve of the original musical.
  • n. Vitality; liveliness. See Synonyms at vigor.
  • n. Archaic Aptitude; talent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Excitement of imagination such as that which animates a poet, artist, or musician, in composing or performing
  • n. artistic energy and enthusiasm
  • n. vigour, vitality and liveliness
  • n. rapture, enthusiasm
  • n. spirit, energy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Excitement of imagination such as animates a poet, artist, or musician, in composing or performing; rapture; enthusiasm; spirit; energy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Enthusiasm, especially in what pertains to art and literature; spirit; energy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an energetic style

Etymologies

French, from Old French, fanciful expression, probably from Vulgar Latin *verva, from Latin verba, pl. of verbum, word.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French verveĀ ("rapture, animation, spirit, caprice, whim") (Wiktionary)

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  • LION
    (sings)
    Yeh, it's sad, believe me, Missy
    When you're born to be a sissy,
    Without the vim and verve.
    But I could show my prowess --
    Be a lion not a mou-ess --
    If I only had the nerve
    I'm afraid there's no denyin'
    I'm just a dande-lion --
    A fate I don't deserve.
    I'd be brave as a blizzard --

    June 11, 2010