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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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  • She could smile at herself again in that glass, at the colour and light and verve which had come back to her.

    Married Life May Edginton
  • She is just about your size and dances with the verve of youth, which I admire extremely.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • She has all the dreamy, languid grace of the South combined with the verve and force of the North.

  • The vigour and verve of these marching musicians is very surprising.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The pieces themselves were almost worthless; Byron would seem to have lost his verve during the removal.

    The English Stage Augustin Filon
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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