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  1. lively or energetic spirit; enthusiasm; vitality.
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Origin of vim

1835–45, Americanism; < Latin, accusative of vīs energy, force

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Related Words for vim

vigor, strength, force, zeal, energy, pep, drive, vitality, dash, fire, zing, passion, kick, activity, push, enthusiasm, spirit, oomph, vinegar, pepper

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British Dictionary definitions for vim


  1. slang exuberant vigour and energy
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Word Origin for vim

C19: from Latin, from vīs; related to Greek is strength
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Word Origin and History for vim


1843, usually said to be from Latin vim, accusative of vis "strength, force, power, energy." But perhaps the modern word is purely imitative.

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