adjective vig·or·ous \ˈvi-g(ə-)rəs\

: healthy and strong

: done with great force and energy

Full Definition of VIGOROUS

:  possessing vigor :  full of physical or mental strength or active force :  strong <a vigorous youth> <a vigorous plant>
:  done with vigor :  carried out forcefully and energetically <vigorous exercises>
vig·or·ous·ly adverb
vig·or·ous·ness noun

Examples of VIGOROUS

  1. She remained vigorous into her nineties.
  2. His speech was met with vigorous applause.
  3. She gave a vigorous defense of her beliefs.

Origin of VIGOROUS

Middle English vigorous, vigrous, from Anglo-French, from vigour
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of VIGOROUS

vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force. vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness <as vigorous as a youth half his age>. energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity <an energetic campaigner>. strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging <the strenuous life on an oil rig>. lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment <a lusty appetite for life>. nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor <full of nervous energy>.

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem
VIGOROUS Defined for Kids


adjective vig·or·ous \ˈvi-gə-rəs\

Definition of VIGOROUS for Kids

:  very healthy and strong <a vigorous plant>
:  done with force and energy <vigorous exercise>
vig·or·ous·ly adverb <I shook it vigorously.>


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