vigorous

[ vig-er-uhs ]
/ ˈvɪg ər əs /

adjective

full of or characterized by vigor: a vigorous effort.
strong; active; robust: a vigorous youngster.
energetic; forceful: vigorous steps; a vigorous personality.
powerful in action or effect: vigorous law enforcement.
growing well, as a plant.

Nearby words

  1. vigo, jean,
  2. vigor,
  3. vigorish,
  4. vigoro,
  5. vigoroso,
  6. vigorously,
  7. vigour,
  8. vigoureux,
  9. vigoureux printing,
  10. vigrid

Origin of vigorous

1300–50; Middle English < Old French < Medieval Latin vigorōsus. See vigor, -ous

Related forms

Synonym study

2. See active.

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British Dictionary definitions for vigorous

vigorous

/ (ˈvɪɡərəs) /

adjective

endowed with bodily or mental strength or vitality; robust
displaying, involving, characterized by, or performed with vigourvigorous growth
Derived Formsvigorously, adverbvigorousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for vigorous

vigorous

adj.

c.1300 (early 13c. as a surname), from Anglo-French vigrus, Old French vigorosus, from Latin vigere "be lively, flourish, thrive" (see vigor). Related: Vigorously.

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