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[vurv] /vɜrv/
enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit:
Her latest novel lacks verve.
vivaciousness; liveliness; animation:
I like a teacher with plenty of verve.
Archaic. talent.
Origin of verve
1690-1700; < French: enthusiasm, whim, chatter, apparently < Latin verba words, talk, plural (taken in VL as feminine singular) of verbum word; see verb Unabridged
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  • The vigour and verve of these marching musicians is very surprising.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • His execution (p. 063) had a verve whose charm was irresistible.

  • He felt anew what he had felt and seen, and he could not give any verve to the peroration of his sermon.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • She is just about your size and dances with the verve of youth, which I admire extremely.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • There was a verve, a magnetic quality to her, that he hardly remembered before.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
British Dictionary definitions for verve


great vitality, enthusiasm, and liveliness; sparkle
a rare word for talent
Word Origin
C17: from Old French: garrulity, from Latin verba words, chatter
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Word Origin and History for verve

1690s, "special talent in writing," from French verve "enthusiasm" (especially pertaining to the arts), in Old French "caprice, odd humor, proverb" (12c.), probably from Gallo-Romance *verva, from Latin verba "(whimsical) words," plural of verbum "word" (see verb). Meaning "mental vigor" is first recorded 1803.

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