Definition of verve in English:

verve

noun

mass noun
  • Vigour and spirit or enthusiasm.

    ‘Kollo sings with supreme verve and flexibility’
    • ‘The design captures the spirit, character and verve of Chinese culture.’
    • ‘Here, in other words, is a nightmare vision of a world without originality, verve, spirit or love.’
    • ‘Sure, there were film songs sung with verve, dances and a skit, and games for children scampering around.’
    • ‘The group from Kolhapur in Maharashtra, to perform before Hyderabadis, was full of verve and vigour.’
    • ‘Maybe we all have an inner desire to ascend towards the heavens with grace and verve.’
    • ‘This balletic score received a performance filled with rhythmic verve and brio.’
    • ‘With verve and vigour, they hold on to their ideal of delivering the message of peace.’
    • ‘The major parties have performed all right, but there's no excitement, no verve and no spirit.’
    • ‘Names should always be designated with verve and panache and Scotland, it turns out, has plenty of both.’
    • ‘The jathis were in perfect harmony, and executed with energy and verve.’
    • ‘Its fire, intellectual verve and occasional fanaticism are almost unique in British journalism.’
    • ‘In an overwhelmingly male milieu, the diminutive Borda added verve and vigour.’
    • ‘She was a young woman in her 20s who sparkled with creative verve and obvious good taste.’
    • ‘With clarity and verve, he drove home the timeless message of the Gita.’
    • ‘The problem is that none of Piggins' performance verve and energy makes it onto the CD.’
    • ‘The band have verve, youth and vigour and their ebullient style puts me in mind of The Monkees until I listen to the lyrics.’
    • ‘Each number has energy and verve, with more emphasis on songs and arrangements than jazz content.’
    • ‘Teenage girls have passione and verve and the chutzpah to do anything and wear anything they want.’
    • ‘We commend the work of Jyllie in particular for her drive, verve and persistence in organising the parade.’
    • ‘I wrote an introductory e-mail to farms all over Quebec describing my fervour and verve.’
    enthusiasm, vigour, energy, pep, dynamism, go, elan, vitality, vivacity, buoyancy, liveliness, animation, sprightliness, zest, sparkle, effervescence, fizz, spirit, spiritedness, ebullience, life, dash, brio, fervour, gusto, eagerness, keenness, passion, zeal, relish, feeling, ardour, fire, fieriness, drive, forcefulness, force, strength, determination, motivation, push, vehemence, fanaticism
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Origin

Late 17th century (denoting special talent in writing): from French, ‘vigour’, earlier ‘form of expression’, from Latin verba ‘words’.

Pronunciation

verve

/vəːv/