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1. Physical or mental strength, energy, or force: Our vigor was depleted by the hot weather.
2. The capacity for natural growth and survival, as of plants or animals.
3. Strong feeling; enthusiasm or intensity: argued his point with great vigor.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from vigēre, to be lively; see weg- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: vigor, dash1, punch2, verve, vim, vitality
These nouns denote a quality of spirited force or energy: intellectual vigor; played the piano with dash; an editorial with real punch; painted with verve; arguing with his usual vim; a decreased mental vitality.


(ˈvɪg ər)

1. active strength or force; intensity; energy.
2. healthy physical or mental energy or power; vitality.
3. healthy growth in any living matter or organism, as a plant.
4. effective force, esp. legal validity.
Also, esp. Brit.,vig′our.
[1300–50; < Middle French vigeur < Latin vigor force, energy =vig(ēre) to be vigorous, thrive + -or -or1]


  • vim, vigor - Vim is the same as vigor.
  • bouncing - In bouncing baby, it means "vigorous."
  • feckful - Means "efficient, vigorous," or "powerful."
  • macho, machismo - Macho is from Mexican Spanish, meaning "male animal or plant" or "masculine, vigorous"—from Latin masculus, "male"; machismo (pronounced mah-CHEEZ-mo) is based on macho.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vigor - forceful exertionvigor - forceful exertion; "he plays tennis with great energy"; "he's full of zip"
forcefulness, strength, force - physical energy or intensity; "he hit with all the force he could muster"; "it was destroyed by the strength of the gale"; "a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man"
athleticism, strenuosity - intense energy; "his music is characterized by a happy athleticism"
2.vigor - active strength of body or mindvigor - active strength of body or mind  
strength - the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"
3.vigor - an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing)vigor - an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing); "his writing conveys great energy"; "a remarkable muscularity of style"
sprightliness, liveliness, spirit, life - animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
verve, vitality - an energetic style


1. A lively, emphatic, eager quality or manner:
Informal: ginger, pep, peppiness.
Slang: oomph.
2. A quality of active mental and physical forcefulness:
Informal: snap.


(American) vigor (ˈvigə) noun
strength and energy. He began his new job with enthusiasm and vigour.
ˈvigorous adjective
a vigorous dance.
ˈvigorously adverb

The adjective is always spelt vigorous.


n. vigor, fortaleza.


n vigor m
References in classic literature ?
But though this false work was prosecuted with vigor for several days, there was a feeling of despair among the Bumper party over the loss of the map.
She bathed Madame Ratignolle's face with cologne, while Robert plied the fan with unnecessary vigor.
Receiving no reply to this extraordinary appeal, which in truth, as it was delivered with the vigor of full and sonorous tones, merited some sort of notice, he who had thus sung forth the language of the holy book turned to the silent figure to whom he had unwittingly addressed himself, and found a new and more powerful subject of admiration in the object that encountered his gaze.
It was a slender young man, not more than one or two and twenty years old, with rather a grave and thoughtful expression for his years, but likewise a springy alacrity and vigor.
But as all my remonstrances produced no effect upon Queequeg, I was obliged to acquiesce; and accordingly prepared to set about this business with a determined rushing sort of energy and vigor, that should quickly settle that trifling little affair.
Then, too, his health came back to him, all his lost youthful vigor, his joy and power that he had mourned and forgotten
In men of his class, vigor and resolution are entirely a physical matter, and ooze out with the flowing of the blood; and the gigantic fellow really looked piteous in his helplessness.
The founders of every state which has risen to eminence have drawn their nourishment and vigor from a similar wild source.
The king was in a flaming fury, and launched out his challenge and epithets with a most royal vigor.
So I presently hurled a shoe at random, and with a vicious vigor.
Then he drew back and delivered a kick of such titanic vigor that it lifted Tom clear over the footlights and landed him on the heads of the front row of the Sons of Liberty.
In another moment he was flying down the street with his pail and a tingling rear, Tom was whitewashing with vigor, and Aunt Polly was retiring from the field with a slipper in her hand and triumph in her eye.