[ 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 vigour

British Dictionary definitions for vigour


US vigor

/ (ˈvɪɡə) /


exuberant and resilient strength of body or mind; vitality
substantial effective energy or forcethe vigour of the tempest
forcefulness; intensitythe vigour of her complaints
the capacity for survival or strong healthy growth in a plant or animalhybrid vigour
the most active period or stage of life, manhood, etc; prime
mainly US legal force or effectiveness; validity (esp in the phrase in vigour)

Word Origin for vigour

C14: from Old French vigeur, from Latin vigor activity, from vigēre to be lively

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Word Origin and History for vigour
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Idioms and Phrases with vigour


see vim and vigor.

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