English edit

Etymology edit

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

Pronunciation edit

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

Adjective edit

vigorous (comparative more vigorous, superlative most vigorous)

  1. Physically strong and active.
    a vigorous scrub
    a vigorous search
    • 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
  2. Mentally strong and active.
  3. Rapid of growth.
    a vigorous shrub

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References edit

  1. ^ Hall, Joseph Sargent (1942 March 2) “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, →ISBN, § II.1, page 60.