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Monday, June 05, 2017

Definitions for vim

  1. lively or energetic spirit; enthusiasm; vitality.

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Citations for vim
Certainly no better selection of a leader could have been made, for Neil was full of the vim of youth, and had a newly acquired fund of scientific knowledge just waiting to be applied. Caroline Abbot Stanley, The Keeper of the Vineyard, 1913
... the exclamation point is kind, happy, full of vim and vigor, ready to take on life. It's excited! Jen Doll, "Let's Go Ahead and Declare It the Year of the Exclamation Point!" Atlantic, August 8, 2012
Origin of vim
Vim began as an American colloquialism but became standard on both sides of the Atlantic within a generation. It is the accusative singular of the irregular Latin noun vīs (stem vīr-) “power, force.” Latin vīs is related to the Latin noun vir “man (i.e., a male person), husband.” The same Proto-Indo-European root wir-, wīr- in Latin vir appears in English wergild and werewolf. Vim entered English in the mid-19th century.