Definition of vigour in English:


(US vigor)


mass noun
  • 1Physical strength and good health.

    ‘the springing curls were a sign of vigour and health’
    • ‘His upbeat message is that aging does not mean inevitable decline in physical fitness, mental acuity, and sexual vigor.’
    • ‘He was unusual among Bolshoi dancers in having not only strength and athletic vigour, but elegance too.’
    • ‘Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.’
    • ‘A typical heart failure patient will have become accustomed to an inexorable decline in physical vigour.’
    • ‘You are blessed with good health and vigour, which enable you to participate in busy schedules.’
    • ‘Aided by the river's rapid current, he swam several miles downstream in an impressive display of physical vigour.’
    • ‘As the name suggests, the dish is regarded as a health tonic and is usually eaten at the height of summer as a way of restoring one's stamina and vigor in the debilitating heat.’
    • ‘What would the relations between the generations be like if there never came a point at which a son surpassed his father in strength or vigor?’
    • ‘Older people will always lack health and vigor relative to younger people.’
    • ‘Conductors, too, can retain their musical powers long after physical vigour has departed.’
    • ‘War makes him a whole man again, and gives him the heart, strength, and vigor of a hero.’
    • ‘Some appeared to be very sick and feeble while there were also young men and women in best of health and vigour.’
    • ‘Then a male who is unmistakably outstanding in health and vigor offers females that mate with him an inherited healthiness in their offspring that is well above average.’
    • ‘He stood with great strength, with great vigor, with great solidarity.’
    • ‘Her mind was still as sharp as glass shards, though her physical body was lacking in vigor.’
    • ‘‘We're against apathy,’ he says, setting the juice aside. Renewed health and vigor seems to flow into him as he warms to his topic.’
    • ‘In fact, just 10 minutes of moderate exercise can improve overall mood, as well as increase vigor and decrease fatigue, according to a study in Health Psychology.’
    • ‘According to the study, symmetry of face and body suggests health and vigor - and therefore genetic fitness - while asymmetry implies the opposite.’
    • ‘The cornerstone of Army victory is the health and vigor of its soldiers.’
    • ‘A fable based on such behavior might even have some truth to it: a few biologists have suggested that giraffe necks grew longer because females saw them as a sign of male vigor.’
    robustness, healthiness, good health, hardiness, strength, stamina, sturdiness, fitness, good shape, good trim, good condition, fine fettle, toughness, ruggedness, muscle, power
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    1. 1.1 Effort, energy, and enthusiasm.
      ‘they set about the new task with vigour’
      • ‘Coming off the recent ‘win’ at the Battle of Midway, the American troops were filled with increased vigor and enthusiasm about the war.’
      • ‘The violins, viola and cello were played with great vigour, intensity and lyrical beauty.’
      • ‘Nick is a dedicated public servant who executes his political masters' designs with vigor and enthusiasm.’
      • ‘And the young cast brings to the production enough raw energy and vigour to leave the audience spellbound.’
      • ‘Of course, physiological benefits, injury risks and calorie burn can vary widely depending upon the technique, vigor, care and enthusiasm with which one pursues sport.’
      • ‘It was delightful to hear the Menuetto played with such incisive energy and vigor.’
      • ‘This number has such energy and vigor that one wonders why it was cut.’
      • ‘The task of translating Buddha's teachings was carried out with great vigour and enthusiasm.’
      • ‘And I remain baffled as to why we fail to respond with vigor and enthusiasm to the challenges that confront us in this society.’
      • ‘It was wonderful to hear this rare Beethoven arrangement played with such vigor and enthusiasm.’
      • ‘Such hope lent a spring to their step and vigour to their efforts in the face of determined opposition.’
      • ‘Although they are not detail-oriented individuals, they will cover every possible detail with determination and vigor when working for their ‘cause’.’
      • ‘In the matches against Celtic these clubs played with an admirable fire and vigour.’
      • ‘This work was pursued with great vigor and enthusiasm.’
      • ‘Energy, vigour and emotion were what were missing most in the second-rate acting.’
      • ‘He pursued these three aims in his lifetime with vigour and determination.’
      • ‘I hope it will - hope it will give us confidence, back-bone vigor & energy.’
      • ‘These two young sides played the game with freshness, with vigour and with total commitment.’
      • ‘While his vocals do seem to lack some of the energy and vigor that I expected, he still makes each word writhe in the most simplistic way.’
      • ‘For two, two and a half, hours America was captivated by the charisma, charm, and vigor of our new president.’
      robustness, healthiness, good health, hardiness, strength, stamina, sturdiness, fitness, good shape, good trim, good condition, fine fettle, toughness, ruggedness, muscle, power
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Middle English: from Old French, from Latin vigor, from vigere ‘be lively’.