stren·​u·​ous | \ ˈstren-yə-wəs How to pronounce strenuous (audio) \

Definition of strenuous

1a : vigorously active : energetic
b : fervent, zealous his most strenuous supporters
2 : marked by or calling for energy or stamina : arduous a strenuous hike

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Other Words from strenuous

strenuosity \ ˌstren-​yə-​ˈwä-​sə-​tē How to pronounce strenuous (audio) \ noun
strenuously \ ˈstren-​yə-​wəs-​lē How to pronounce strenuous (audio) \ adverb
strenuousness noun

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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

Examples of strenuous in a Sentence

Avoid all strenuous exercise until the sprain heals. Today has been a very strenuous day. The proposal has faced strenuous opposition.
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First Known Use of strenuous

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for strenuous

Latin strenuus

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The first known use of strenuous was in 1599

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15 May 2021

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“Strenuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of strenuous

: requiring or showing great energy and effort


stren·​u·​ous | \ ˈstren-yə-wəs How to pronounce strenuous (audio) \

Kids Definition of strenuous

1 : showing or requiring much energy and effort a strenuous climb
2 : very active : energetic He leads a strenuous life.

Other Words from strenuous

strenuously adverb

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