\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Boyfriend Material is effervescent, sparkling with the vim and vigor of its biting wit, deep feelings, and irresistible banter. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: Summer romances give love its time in the sun," 5 Aug. 2020 Global bank chiefs love the entrepreneurial vim of Shenzhen, whose sizeable stockmarket hosts over 2,000 firms. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s uncertain future Can Hong Kong remain a global financial centre?," 4 June 2020 Melissa Clark After a slow, rainy start to the Brooklyn backyard growing season, the mint on my deck is finally powering its way back, taking over the herb box with vim and vigor. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "This Larb Couldn’t Be Easier or More Adaptable," 27 Apr. 2020 But the pep rally vim only underscores the awkwardness professional women feel in trying to ingratiate themselves, struggling to be likable. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, "Warren in the Trap," 13 Feb. 2020 Most turn their attention to it only after finding their initial vim frustrated. The Economist, "Britain after Brexit Dominic Cummings’s plan to reshape the state," 2 Jan. 2020 At the start of the second half the visitors produced a bit more attacking vim, but Mousset's beautifully curled shot after he was released by Fleck doubled the Blades' lead. John Sinnott, CNN, "Manchester United and Sheffield United share six-goal thriller," 24 Nov. 2019 Drunk but full of vim, vigor, and, as the girthy silhouette in his pants suggested, virility. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 And the actor is vastly less convincing in a cameo as an FBI agent, sapping that scene of vim. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Lynn Nottage’s comic ‘Fabulation’ maps a slide down the social ladder," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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“Vim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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: great energy and enthusiasm

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