\ 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 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 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

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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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27 May 2020

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“Vim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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\ ˈvim How to pronounce vim (audio) \

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: great energy and enthusiasm

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