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
She is nervous about her job interview.
All this waiting is making me nervous.
He gave a nervous glance at the clock.
His nervous mother is always worrying that something terrible will happen to him.
He has a nervous disposition.
It was a very nervous situation.
She suffers from a nervous disorder.
He walked around with a nervous twitch.
He had a nervous habit of pulling at his hair.
The boy has a lot of nervous energy. See More
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Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French nervus, nervous, borrowed from Latin nervōsus "full of tendons, sinewy, tough, vigorous (of a person or literary style)," from nervus "sinew, muscle, nerve entry 1" + -ōsus-ous