Definition of vim in US English:



  • Energy; enthusiasm.

    ‘in his youth he was full of vim and vigor’
    • ‘South should have run on against their arch-rivals full of vim, having downed the Eagles in the first encounter of the year and still confident after winning a premiership the previous year.’
    • ‘Normally, Mr Key's contribution is full of passion, vim, and vigour, and it has some spark about it.’
    • ‘He was diagnosed with hip dysplasia a few years ago, and diet kept him full of vim and spring.’
    • ‘Biggar achieved their biggest result in the club's history yesterday when they toppled league leaders Melrose with a performance of vim and verve which resulted in a scoreline that did not flatter them.’
    • ‘Busted heralded a sea change over the past two years by bringing the staccato guitars and bratty vim of American punk-pop groups into the stale world of boy bands.’
    • ‘It helps when the talent involved in bringing these characters to life does so with vim and verve.’
    • ‘What I'm trying to change is the culture, ensuring the players enjoy themselves and giving them a bit more vim and vigour.’
    • ‘I went outside to nip at a cigar before the show began, and I found myself filled with vim & cheer - hey, this was going to be fun!’
    • ‘The vim seemed to seep out of Dundee at that point, and although they brought on Fabian Caballero with 15 minutes to go, to popular local acclaim, he was no more able to effect the result than his colleagues.’
    • ‘And in Scotland, the land of pie and chips, we are, paradoxically, jumping in with more vim than most.’
    • ‘I think he just has a bit of a cold, as his eyes are a bit watery, he is definitely lacking energy and vim and he is decidedly grumpy.’
    • ‘‘Shot in the Dark’ is nothing musically special but succeeds through the sheer injection of vim and uncompromising commitment.’
    • ‘A PM can start a term resembling a sprightly pup, full of vim, but end it looking like the human equivalent of a Labrador whose back legs have gone.’
    • ‘As the Minstermen at last applied a pressure laced with vim and venom, the shooting gallery that was now the Lincoln 18-yard box stayed upright and intact.’
    • ‘That was the defining message from an utterly riveting battle between Heriot's and Melrose, which sizzled with enough effervescent vim to warm the coldest of hearts.’
    • ‘These state apparatuses, with enormous budgets and bloated bureaucracies to match, have applied the usual big-government vim to the problem of space travel.’
    • ‘Off they went, full of enthusiasm, vim, and vigor.’
    • ‘It sends adrenaline zooming through my veins, fills me with vim, zest, zip and other monosyllables containing letters that score high in Scrabble.’
    • ‘Liverpool are full of vim and verve but it's all a bit aimless.’
    • ‘In another pulsating affair full of vim and vigour it may seem absurd to select a single act as the turning point.’
    flair, stylishness, smartness, elegance, grace, gracefulness, poise, polish, suaveness, sophistication, urbanity, chic, finesse, panache, flourish, taste
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Mid 19th century (originally US): perhaps from Latin, accusative of vis ‘energy’.