Etymology: Middle English vigorous, vigrous, from Anglo-French, from vigour
Date: 14th century
1. possessing vigor ; full of physical or mental strength or active force ; strong <a vigorous youth> <a vigorous plant> 2. done with vigor ; carried out forcefully and energetically <vigorous exercises> • vigorously adverb • vigorousness noun Synonyms: vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force. vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness <as vigorous as a youth half his age>. energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity <an energetic campaigner>. strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging <the strenuous life on an oil rig>. lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment <a lusty appetite for life>. nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor <full of nervous energy>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.
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