Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition.
  • noun Vitality; liveliness. synonym: vigor.
  • noun Archaic Literary aptitude or talent.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun an energetic style

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, fanciful expression, probably from Vulgar Latin *verva, from Latin verba, pl. of verbum, word; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

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From French verve ("rapture, animation, spirit, caprice, whim")

Examples

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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