- 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
Related Words for vervevigor, stamina, spunk, gumption, zest, zeal, pep, gusto, vitality, liveliness, sparkle, intensity, passion, moxie, toughness, pizzazz, get-up-and-go, vim, dash, juice
Examples from the Web for verve
Contemporary Examples of verve
A new history tells their remarkable story with sensitivity and verve writes Wendy Smith.Women Without Race: ‘Miss Anne in Harlem’
September 19, 2013
And so the question now is not only whether Ryan can reenergize the Romney campaign with his vision and verve.Will Paul Ryan Help Romney With Blue-Collar Whites?
August 27, 2012
And a candidate with some verve— Michele Bachmann comes to mind—is catnip for the cameras.All the Also-Rans for President
Jack W. Germond
March 29, 2011
Where the Austin building is nuanced and almost spectral, Bakersfield is all verve and gesture.Obama's Building Boom: Will His Architecture Legacy Be as Lasting as FDR's?
January 4, 2011
What is more, she writes with verve, tongue-in-cheek humor, and elegance.All Hail Cleopatra!
November 5, 2010
Historical Examples of verve
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.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
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
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
- great vitality, enthusiasm, and liveliness; sparkle
- a rare word for talent
Word Origin 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.