vigorous

vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous can all mean having or manifesting great vitality and force.
A person or thing is vigorous that has or manifests active strength or force and exhibits no signs of a depletion of the powers associated with freshness or robustness of body or mind
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seemed as vigorous as a youth half his age

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a vigorous, fast-growing tree

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the vigorous mother of a large family

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a vigorous argument— Edmund Wilson

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Kate was a bold, vigorous thinker— Anderson

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A person or thing is energetic that displays abundant force or a capacity for great activity; the term does not necessarily connote the reserve vitality and force that vigorous implies and it sometimes even suggests an exertion of effort or a bustling activity that has little to do with inherent physical or mental strength; therefore the term may be used to suggest compliment or, less often, slight depreciation
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to be counted among the strong, and not the merely energetic —J. R. Lowell

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capable and energetic women, as fit to intimidate local government boards as to control the domestic economy of their own homes— Sackville-West

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received by bustling male assistants very energetic and rapid— Bennett

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a less energetic expulsion of air from the lungs— Grandgent

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A person that is strenuous is continuously and zealously energetic, while a thing that is strenuous makes constant demands on one's vigor, energy, and zeal; in both cases the term implies no flagging of ardor or no avoidance of the arduous
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to hustle and to be strenuous . . . seem to be prominent American virtues— Cohen

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strenuous liberty— Milton

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the spirit of our religion calls for strenuous opposition to the current principles and practice of the world— Inge

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A person or thing is lusty that exhibits exuberant vigor or energy *herefore my age is as a lusty winter, frosty, but kindly— Shak.
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Pete Gurney was a lusty cock turned sixty-three, but bright and hale— Masefield

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a lusty appetite

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[A thing (as a quality, a style, or an utterance) is nervous that conveys a feeling of continuing often forceful activity such as results from mental vigor and energy
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the nervous alertness of youthful brains, and the stamina of youthful bodies— Amer. Guide Series: Mich.

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Tyndale's own diction was singularly simple, energetic, nervous, and yet restrained— Lowes

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his rhythm has a pulsating and nervous vitality— Collet

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Analogous words: virile, manly, manful (see MALE): *muscular, athletic, sinewy, husky: stout, sturdy, stalwart, *strong, tough
Antonyms: languorous: lethargic

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  • Vigorous — Vig or*ous, a. [Cf. OF. vigoros, F. vigoureux, LL. vigorosus.] 1. Possessing vigor; full of physical or mental strength or active force; strong; lusty; robust; as, a vigorous youth; a vigorous plant. [1913 Webster] Famed for his valor, young, At… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vigorous — index active, compelling, forcible, indomitable, intense, intensive, irresistible, potent, powerful …   Law dictionary

  • vigorous — M.E., from Anglo Fr. vigrus, O.Fr. vigorosus, from L. vigere be lively, flourish, thrive (see VIGOR (Cf. vigor)). Related: Vigorously …   Etymology dictionary

  • vigorous — [adj] energetic, powerful active, athletic, ball of fire*, bouncing, brisk, dashing, driving, dynamic, effective, efficient, enterprising, exuberant, flourishing, forceful, forcible, hale, hard driving, hardy, healthy, hearty, intense, lively,… …   New thesaurus

  • vigorous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) strong, healthy, and full of energy. 2) characterized by or involving physical strength, effort, or energy. 3) (of language) forceful. DERIVATIVES vigorously adverb vigorousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • vigorous — [vig′ər əs] adj. [ME vigerous < OFr < ML vigorosus] 1. living or growing with full vital strength; strong; robust 2. of, characterized by, or requiring vigor or strength 3. forceful or powerful; strong; energetic 4. acting, or ready to act …   English World dictionary

  • vigorous — [[t]vɪ̱gərəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Vigorous physical activities involve using a lot of energy, usually to do short and repeated actions. Very vigorous exercise can increase the risk of heart attacks... African dance is vigorous, but full of subtlety …   English dictionary

  • vigorous — adjective Etymology: Middle English vigorous, vigrous, from Anglo French, from vigour Date: 14th century 1. possessing vigor ; full of physical or mental strength or active force ; strong < a vigorous youth > < a vigorous plant > 2. done with… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vigorous — 01. My mother is very active and [vigorous] even though she is over 90 years old. 02. A regular program of [vigorous] exercise can help to prevent heart disease. 03. He rubbed his hands [vigorously] in front of the fire to warm them. 04. The… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • vigorous — vig|o|rous [ˈvıgərəs] adj 1.) using a lot of energy and strength or determination ▪ Your dog needs at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise every day. ▪ Environmentalists have begun a vigorous campaign to oppose nuclear dumping in the area. ▪ a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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