Synonyms and Antonyms of vigorous

  1. 1 having active strength of body or mind he remains healthy and vigorous despite being over 80 years old Synonyms of vigorous dynamic, energetic, flush, gingery, lusty, peppy, red-blooded, robust, vital Words Related to vigorous animated, brisk, dashing, kinetic, lively, punchy, spirited, sprightly, vivacious; energized, enlivened, invigorated, vitalized; firm, fortified, mettlesome, mighty, powerful, puissant, strong; refreshed, rejuvenated, revitalized; able-bodied, athletic, beefy, brawny, burly, fit, hardy, husky, muscular, robustious, rugged, stalwart, stout, strapping, sturdy, tough, virile; hale, healthy, hearty, sound; capable, competent Near Antonyms of vigorous delicate, effete, enervated, faint, feeble, frail, infirm, wan, weak, weakened; impotent, powerless, prostrate, prostrated, sapped, tired; indolent, lackadaisical, languid, lazy; invertebrate, nerveless, soft, spineless, wimpy; ill, unhealthy, unsound, unwell; broken-down, debilitated, decrepit, disabled, wasted, worn-out Antonyms of vigorous dull, lethargic, listless, sluggish, torpid

  2. 2 able to withstand hardship, strain, or exposure vigorous and sturdy little sheep bred to live in mountainous regions Synonyms of vigorous cast-iron, hard, hard-bitten, hardened, inured, rugged, stout, strong, sturdy, tough, toughened, hardyWords Related to vigorous flinty, leathery, resilient, stalwart; durable, enduring, everlasting, immortal, imperishable, lasting, permanent, stable, staunch (also stanch), staying, tenacious, unyielding; flourishing, prospering, thriving; able-bodied, brawny, muscular; fit, fortified, hale, healthy, husky, lusty, red-blooded, robust, sound, strapping, virile; annealed, seasoned, temperedNear Antonyms of vigorous emasculated, enervated, enfeebled, exhausted, run-down, sapped, wasted, weakened, worn, worn out; crippled, debilitated, diseased, incapacitated, infirm, unsound; fragile, frail, puny; resistless, sensitive, susceptible, unresistant, vulnerable, yielding; mortal, perishable, temporary, transientAntonyms of vigorous delicate, nonhardy, soft, tender, weak

  3. 3 marked by or uttered with forcefulness offered a vigorous dissent to the proposal Synonyms of vigorous aggressive, assertive, dynamic, energetic, forceful, full-blooded, muscular, resounding, strenuous, vehement, emphatic, violentWords Related to vigorous decided, insistent, marked, pointed; absolute, categorical (also categoric), clear, plain, unambiguous, unequivocal; arresting, compelling, conspicuous, impelling, noticeable, strikingNear Antonyms of vigorous guarded, mild, uncompelling, weak, wishy-washy; ambiguous, equivocal, halting, hesitant; understatedAntonyms of vigorous nonassertive, nonemphatic, unemphatic

  4. 4 not showing weakness or uncertainty gave the bottle of sauce a vigorous shaking Synonyms of vigorous forceful, hearty, iron, lusty, robust, solid, stout, strong, sturdy, firmWords Related to vigorous hard, ironclad, mighty, powerful, tough, unyielding; animated, brisk, energetic, frisky, jaunty, jazzy, lively, peppy, perky, spirited, sprightful, sprightly, springy, vital, vivacious, zippy; assured, certain, confident, sanguine, secure, sureNear Antonyms of vigorous feeble, fragile, frail; limp, listless, spiritless; diffident, insecure, self-doubting; characterless, effete, frail, spineless, weakened, weak-kneed, wimpy, wishy-washyAntonyms of vigorous uncertain, weak

Synonym Discussion of vigorous

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

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