- 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.
Origin of vigorous
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Examples from the Web for vigorous
Republicans are having a vigorous debate about whether or not to make serious appeals to the growing Hispanic electorate.Even Conservative Evangelical Support Couldn’t Save Immigration Reform
July 6, 2014
Obama and Modi are from two different planets, and each, in his heart, is likely to have vigorous contempt for the other.Mr. Politically Correct Obama, Meet Your Opposite, India’s Mr. Modi
May 17, 2014
Polio, for example, has been eradicated in the Western hemisphere thanks to a vigorous international immunization program.Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers, Mumps Are Back. What’s Next?
March 20, 2014
Ordinarily, the possibility of a Perkins run for office would be about as thrilling as a vigorous tooth flossing.Bring on the Made-for-Reality-TV District Race Down South
February 25, 2014
On the GOP side, Republicans promised that they would mount a vigorous defense of their governor.In the Buckeye State, the Tea Party Bucks the Establishment Republican Governor
January 2, 2014
So vigorous was her movement that Cassidy's clasp was thrown off the wrist.
After Aggie's vigorous comment there followed a long silence.
Yes; this is what the secrets of my art have done for me to preserve me fresh and vigorous as you see.The Imaginary Invalid
The wizened little headman was as cheerful and lively and vigorous as ever.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He is still young and vigorous, and has it yet in his power to accomplish much.Cleveland Past and Present
- endowed with bodily or mental strength or vitality; robust
- displaying, involving, characterized by, or performed with vigourvigorous growth
Word Origin and History for vigorous
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.