verve

[ vurv ]
/ vɜrv /

noun

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.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for verve

verve
/ (vɜːv) /

noun

great vitality, enthusiasm, and liveliness; sparkle
a rare word for talent

Word Origin for verve

C17: from Old French: garrulity, from Latin verba words, chatter
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