Definitions

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

  • noun Liveliness or energy; enthusiasm. synonym: vigor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Vigor; energy; activity.

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

  • noun colloq. Power; force; energy; spirit; activity; vigor.

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

  • noun Ready vitality and vigor.

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

  • noun a healthy capacity for vigorous activity
  • noun an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing)

Etymologies

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

[Latin, accusative of vīs; see weiə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

1843, possibly from the Latin vim, accusative of vis ("power, energy") (from which English vis); perhaps a modern imitative of the Latin.

Examples

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  • ...and vigor

    December 14, 2006

  • my favorite editor

    December 14, 2006

  • ...and vinegar

    September 16, 2007

  • That is quite the strange triplet of comments.

    December 8, 2007

  • You know, 'an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing)' is also the third WordNet definition (click on 'more...'). With WeirdNet and the row of dictionary icons here, you'll be wasting your time if you add standard definitions for common words.

    January 29, 2009

  • 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