\ ˈvim How to pronounce vim (audio) \

Definition of vim

: robust energy and enthusiasm

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Examples of vim in a Sentence

some food and a little rest should give me back some of my vim

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Maybe not, according to a new study that says dinosaurs still had plenty of vim and vigor leading up to the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Would dinosaurs have died without an asteroid strike? Here's the science.," 6 Mar. 2019 Succeeding in music has generally been thought to require something more than the natural vim and charm that she’s deployed to this point. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Cardi B Is a New Rap Celebrity Loyal to Rap’s Old Rules on ‘Invasion of Privacy’," 10 Apr. 2018 The result will be familiar to many — a tree that leafs out with not a whole lot of vim and vigor and then collapses after a few hot days. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018 McDonald, who won the first of her six Tonys for the part, also made audiences appreciate Carrie’s earthy humor and vim. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 The Pacers have a good team, full of vim and expectation of bigger tomorrows. Bill Livingston,, "Cavaliers-Pacers: LeBron James quarterbacks win to even series -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 22 Apr. 2018 Even now, as developers continue to barrel toward the invisible barrier of true photorealism with more vim than ever, Garcia and his fellow industry veterans believe that there’s plenty of room for the genre to grow. Steven T. Wright, Ars Technica, "Life in (virtual) pit lane: The war stories of video game car design," 28 Apr. 2018 There’s a kind of magic in that confidence, and, beyond it all and because of such, New York’s lights in the background seemed to twinkle with extra vim and vigor last night. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "At Dolce & Gabbana’s New York City Alta Sartoria Show, a Dazzling Display of Everything From Razor-Sharp Tailcoats to Louisville Sluggers," 8 Apr. 2018 The starters do not exactly play with either vim or vigor. Bill Livingston,, "Cleveland Cavaliers 2018: LeBron's triple-double flashback -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of vim

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vim

Latin, accusative of vis strength; akin to Greek is strength, Sanskrit vaya meal, strength

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: great energy and enthusiasm

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