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Vim (plural Vims)
  1. Ready vitality and vigor.
    • 1999, Neil Gaiman, Stardust, p. 58 (2001 Perennial paperback edition)
    • But the youth of today were a pasty lot, with none of the get-up-and-go, none of the vigor and vim that he remembered from the days when he was young…



aggressiveness, amperage, animal spirits, animation, armipotence, authority, bang, beef, black power, breeziness, brio, briskness, brute force, bubbliness, capersomeness, charge, charisma, clout, cogence, cogency, coltishness, compulsion, dash, dint, drive, duress, ebullience, effect, effectiveness, effectuality, effervescence, elan, energy, enterprise, esprit, exuberance, fire, flower power, force, force majeure, forcefulness, friskiness, frolicsomeness, full blast, full force, gaiety, gamesomeness, gayness, get-up-and-go, ginger, gusto, heartiness, influence, initiative, kick, life, liveliness, main force, main strength, mana, might, might and main, mightiness, moxie, muscle power, oomph, pep, pepper, peppiness, piss and vinegar, pizzazz, playfulness, poop, potence, potency, potentiality, power, power pack, power structure, power struggle, powerfulness, prepotency, productiveness, productivity, puissance, pull, punch, push, rollicksomeness, rompishness, sinew, skittishness, snap, spirit, spiritedness, spirits, sportiveness, sprightliness, spunk, starch, steam, strength, strong arm, superiority, superpower, thrust, validity, vehemence, verve, vigor, virility, virtue, virulence, vitality, vivaciousness, vivacity, wattage, weight, zest, zestfulness, zing, zip


1843, possibly from the Latin vim, accusative of vis (power, energy) (from which English vis); perhaps a modern imitative of the Latin.[1]


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  1. Vim” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001





  1. accusative singular of vīs