stren·u·ous | \ˈstren-yə-wəs \

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 \ noun
strenuously \ˈstren-yə-wəs-lē \ 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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Two-thirds of the way up the strenuous, 3.3-mile hike (one way) to the summit of Mt. Woodson, northeast of San Diego, the winding trail enters a series of steep switchbacks that left me dripping with sweat on a recent Wednesday morning. Brian E. Clark,, "Two scenic San Diego hikes, mountaintop and seaside," 24 June 2018 The tenor parts are strenuous, not to say brutal, in their demands, and Stuart Skelton stood up to them bravely and honorably. New York Times, "Review: We Held Our Breath Through Simon Rattle’s Mahler," 8 May 2018 Every element of the novels conveys a strenuous sense of discipline. Jordan Larson, The Cut, "Rachel Cusk’s Rules for Living," 25 June 2018 Frequent trips to the salon are just another strenuous part of the idol lifestyle. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why It's Such a Big Deal When a K-Pop Star Dyes Their Hair," 21 June 2018 Also, a concept to develop a similar trail along the Paularino Channel between Pinecreek Drive and Bristol Street has drawn strenuous objections from some Mesa del Mar homeowners who would see the path pass mere feet from their properties. Luke Money,, "Costa Mesa council adopts new transportation plan to promote walking and biking," 8 June 2018 While Bog and Travertine are both essentially car-side hot springs, Umpqua requires a relatively strenuous quarter-mile hike, so bring decent footwear. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Secret to Happiness? Hot Springs," 1 June 2018 Those wanting more can make the strenuous 8.2-mile round-trip hike up the Harding Icefield Trail for spectacular views of the massive ice field. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "11 glacier adventures near Anchorage," 2 May 2018 But even overdoing it with strenuous exercise, such as long distance running or cycling, can cause more harm than good. Jeff Stibel, USA TODAY, "How to use your brain to live a long life," 12 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of strenuous

: requiring or showing great energy and effort


stren·u·ous | \ˈstren-yə-wəs \

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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