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

  • n. Ebullient vitality and energy. See Synonyms at vigor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ready vitality and vigor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Power; force; energy; spirit; activity; vigor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Vigor; energy; activity.

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

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


Latin, accusative of vīs; see weiə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1843, possibly from the Latin vim, accusative of vis ("power, energy") (from which English vis); perhaps a modern imitative of the Latin. (Wiktionary)



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  • LION
    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

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    January 29, 2009

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    December 8, 2007

  • ...and vinegar

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    December 14, 2006

  • ...and vigor

    December 14, 2006