Definition of vigorous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈviɡ(ə)rəs/


1Strong, healthy, and full of energy.
Example sentences
  • And the pope, we're told, kept up his full, vigorous schedule this Christmas Eve, despite his frail health.
  • Be vigorous and full of energy, and make ceaseless efforts.
  • After a healthy life, this vigorous, energetic, dynamic man was gone at age 59.
robust, healthy, hale and hearty, strong, sturdy, fit;
hardy, tough, athletic;
bouncing, thriving, flourishing, blooming;
energetic, lively, active, perky, spirited, vibrant, vital, zestful
informal peppy, bouncy, in the pink
1.1Characterized by or involving physical strength, effort, or energy: vigorous aerobic exercise
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  • Trying to sweat out a cold and fever with vigorous physical exercise is a really bad idea.
  • Unfortunately this lack of vigorous physical exercise has resulted in an increase of various illnesses.
  • The hunger I felt was the kind you could only get after using up large amounts of energy on vigorous physical activity.
1.2(Of language) forceful: a vigorous denial
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  • It's a vigorous language, by turns colloquial and formal, precise, even-toned, elegant, sly, ironic, subtle and funny.
  • Certainly, despite vigorous denials, there was tension between the two during filming.
  • She shook her head in vigorous denial, and Angel and Doyle both glanced at her.
strenuous, powerful, forceful, spirited, mettlesome, determined, aggressive, two-fisted, driving, eager, zealous, ardent, fervent, vehement, passionate;
tough, robust, thorough, blunt, hard-hitting
informal punchy
vulgar slang ass-kicking



Example sentences
  • One of them would comment on the vigorousness of the newly sprouted fields, and another would off-handedly mention the healthy appearance of a newly purchased servant.
  • What level of vigorousness do you feel leads to the most effective learning in your aikido training?
  • This video shows the vigorousness of Lingnan students


Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin vigorosus, from Latin vigor (see vigor).

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