[ vig-er ]
/ ˈvɪg ər /


active strength or force.
healthy physical or mental energy or power; vitality.
energetic activity; energy; intensity: The economic recovery has given the country a new vigor.
force of healthy growth in any living matter or organism, as a plant.
active or effective force, especially legal validity.

Nearby words

  1. vignola,
  2. vignola, giacomo da,
  3. vigny,
  4. vigo,
  5. vigo, jean,
  6. vigorish,
  7. vigoro,
  8. vigoroso,
  9. vigorous,
  10. vigorously

Also especially British, vig·our.

Origin of vigor

1300–50; Middle English vigo(u)r < Anglo-French; Middle French vigeur < Latin vigor force, energy, equivalent to vig(ēre) to be vigorous, thrive + -or -or1

Related formsvig·or·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vigor

Word Origin and History for vigor



c.1300, from Anglo-French vigour, Old French vigor, from Latin vigorem (nominative vigor) "liveliness, activity, force," from vigere "be lively, flourish, thrive," from PIE *wog-/*weg- "be lively or active" (see vigil).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with vigor


see vim and vigor.

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