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


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Examples from the Web for vigours

Historical Examples

  • “Well, you know, Vigours lit out and left all standing,” said he.

    Island Nights' Entertainments

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • I was hard at it both these days getting my trade in order and taking stock of what Vigours had left.

    Island Nights' Entertainments

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Her eyelids drooped over her eyes again, and shut the world and all its vigours out.

    The Pastor's Wife

    Elizabeth von Arnim

Word Origin and History for vigours



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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with vigours


see vim and vigor.

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