[ 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.
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



vig·or·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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Idioms and Phrases with vigour


see vim and vigor.

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