1. characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity
; - Example: "a vigorous hiker"- Example: "gave her skirt a vigorous shake"- Example: "a vigorous campaign"- Example: "a vigorous foreign policy"- Example: "vigorous opposition to the war"
2. strong and active physically or mentally
; - Example: "a vigorous old man who spent half of his day on horseback"- W.H.Hudson
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vigorous \Vig"or*ous\, a. [Cf. OF. vigoros, F. vigoureux, LL.
1. Possessing vigor; full of physical or mental strength or
active force; strong; lusty; robust; as, a vigorous youth;
a vigorous plant.
Famed for his valor, young,
At sea successful, vigorous and strong. --Waller.
2. Exhibiting strength, either of body or mind; powerful;
strong; forcible; energetic; as, vigorous exertions; a
vigorous prosecution of a war.
The beginnings of confederacies have been always
vigorous and successful. --Davenant.
[1913 Webster] -- Vig"or*ous*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: characterized by forceful and energetic action or
activity; "a vigorous hiker"; "gave her skirt a vigorous
shake"; "a vigorous campaign"; "a vigorous foreign
policy"; "vigorous opposition to the war"
2: strong and active physically or mentally; "a vigorous old man
who spent half of his day on horseback"- W.H.Hudson
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
199 Moby Thesaurus words for "vigorous":
ablaze, acid, active, acute, afire, aggressive, animated, ardent,
armipotent, athletic, authoritative, balmy, beefy, biting,
blooming, blossoming, boiling over, booming, bouncing, breathless,
brisk, burning, cartilaginous, chewy, clear, cogent, cohesive,
cordial, coriaceous, corrosive, cutting, dashing, delirious,
doughty, driving, drunk, durable, dynamic, effective, energetic,
enterprising, enthusiastic, excited, exuberant, fair, fat, febrile,
fervent, fervid, fevered, feverish, fibrous, fiery, fit, flaming,
flourishing, flowering, flush, flushed, forceful, forcible, forcy,
fruiting, full of beans, full of pep, full-blooded, full-strength,
glowing, go-go, going strong, gristly, gutsy, gutty, halcyon, hale,
hale and hearty, hard, hard as nails, hard-hitting, hardy, healthy,
hearty, heated, hefty, high-potency, high-powered, high-pressure,
high-tension, hot, husky, impassioned, imperative, impetuous,
impressive, in force, in full swing, in good case, in power,
incisive, intense, intoxicated, iron-hard, irresistible, keen,
kinetic, lasting, leatherlike, leathery, lively, living, lusty,
masterful, mettlesome, mighty, mighty in battle, mordant, muscular,
nervous, nervy, obstinate, on fire, operative, palmy, passionate,
penetrating, peppy, piercing, piping, poignant, potent, powerful,
prepotent, prospering, proud, puissant, punchy, red-blooded,
red-hot, resilient, resistant, robust, robustious, robustuous,
ropy, rosy, rough-and-ready, rude, rugged, ruling, sensational,
sinewed, sinewy, slashing, sleek, smacking, snappy, spanking,
spirited, sprightly, spry, stalwart, steaming, steamy, steely,
stiff, stout, strapping, strenuous, striking, stringy, strong,
strong as brandy, strong as strong, strong-willed, stubborn,
sturdy, take-charge, take-over, telling, tenacious, thriving,
tough, tough as leather, trenchant, unrestrained, untiring, valid,
vibrant, vigil, viscid, vital, vivacious, vivid, warm, wiry,
zealous, zestful, zesty, zippy