[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. vertu,
  2. vertumnus,
  3. verulamian,
  4. verulamium,
  5. vervain,
  6. vervelle,
  7. vervet,
  8. verwoerd,
  9. verwoerd, hendrik frensch,
  10. very

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for verve


/ (vɜːv) /


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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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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