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verve

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noun \ˈvərv\

Simple Definition of verve

  • : great energy and enthusiasm

Full Definition of verve

  1. 1 archaic :  special ability or talent

  2. 2 a :  the spirit and enthusiasm animating artistic composition or performance :  vivacity b :  energy, vitality

Examples of verve

  1. She played with skill and verve.



Origin of verve

French, from Middle French, caprice, from Old French, word, gossip, from Vulgar Latin *verva, from Latin verba, plural of verbum word — more at word


First Known Use: 1697

Rhymes with verve



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