From Anglo-Norman vigrus, from Old French vigoros (French vigoureux), from Medieval Latin vigorosus, from Latin vigor. Doublet of vigoroso.


  • IPA(key): /ˈvɪɡəɹəs/
  • (Appalachians, obsolete) IPA(key): /ˈvaɪɡɹəs/[1]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪɡəɹəs


vigorous (comparative more vigorous, superlative most vigorous)

  1. Physically strong and active.
    • 1895, Annual Report of the Ohio State Board of Agriculture (page 280)
      Life in the country will be fuller, richer, and more comfortful, because it is freer, healthier, and more vigorous.
    • 1976, Joni Mitchell (lyrics and music), “Song for Sharon”:
      Now there are twenty-nine skaters on Wollman Rink
      Circling in singles and in pairs
      In this vigorous anonymity
    a vigorous scrub
    a vigorous search
  2. Mentally strong and active.
  3. Rapid of growth.
    a vigorous shrub

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  1. ^ Hall, Joseph Sargent (March 2, 1942), “2. The Vowel Sounds of Unstressed and Partially Stressed Syllables”, in The Phonetics of Great Smoky Mountain Speech (American Speech: Reprints and Monographs; 4), New York: King's Crown Press, DOI:10.7312/hall93950, →ISBN, § II.1, page 60.