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

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

Choose the Right Synonym for strenuous

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Continue to minimize strenuous outdoor activities into tomorrow. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities until a cooler part of the day. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 7 July 2022 As of April 1, hikers will need a permit to make the strenuous 5-mile trek, which climbs 1,488 feet and is definitely not for anyone with a fear of heights. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Dec. 2021 Robots like Proteus might be necessary to supplant a looming worker shortage, making the workplace safer, and less strenuous in the process. Scott Nover, Quartz, 22 June 2022 Smartwatches, for which sales have jumped during the pandemic, have played a part in reconceiving exercise by rewarding people for less-strenuous movement. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, 1 June 2022 Gillibrand’s letter to the EEOC cites one of those cases, in which a pregnant worker at an Amazon warehouse in Oklahoma accused the company of denying requests to transfer to a less strenuous job as an accommodation for her high-risk pregnancy. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 She was given an opportunity to work in what was then the less strenuous environment of juvenile court. Jim Henry, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2021 Many workers have moved on to less strenuous jobs that don’t require such late nights and long shifts, such as in call centers or in retail or other customer service roles. New York Times, 11 June 2021 See More

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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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“Strenuous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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