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What is the origin of this word in terms of when it made it into English? Also, why does vigor seemed to be coupled with it? Cliche? "vigor and vim" —This unsigned comment was added by 184.108.40.206 (talk).
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- Etymology: Commonly regarded as < Latin vim, accusative singular of vīs strength, energy; but the early adverbial use (see quot. 18501) suggests a purely imitative or interjectional origin.
- orig. U.S.
- Force or vigour, energy, ‘go’. †Also as adv., vigorously, sharply.