Verve is energy or enthusiasm.
An example of verve is the spirit with which a good jazz musician plays an instrument.
- vigor and energy, as in movement, portrayal, etc.
- exuberant enthusiasm; spirit, dash, etc.
- Archaic aptitude
Origin of verveFrench ; from OFr, caprice, fantasy, manner of speech ; from Classical Latin verba, plural of verbum, word
- Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition: The revival lacked the verve of the original musical.
- Vitality; liveliness. See Synonyms at vigor.
- Archaic Literary aptitude or talent.
Origin of verveFrench, from Old French, fanciful expression, probably from Vulgar Latin *verva, from Latin verba, pl. of verbum, word; see wer-5 in Indo-European roots.
From French verve (“rapture, animation, spirit, caprice, whim")