Verve Definition

Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition.
The revival lacked the verve of the original musical.
American Heritage
Vigor and energy, as in movement, portrayal, etc.
Webster's New World
Exuberant enthusiasm; spirit, dash, etc.
Webster's New World
Vitality; liveliness.
American Heritage
Webster's New World

Origin of Verve

  • French from Old French fanciful expression probably from Vulgar Latin verva from Latin verba pl. of verbum word wer-5 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French verve (“rapture, animation, spirit, caprice, whim")

    From Wiktionary

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