• IPA: /vɜː(r)v/

verve (uncountable)

  1. Excitement of imagination such as that which animates a poet, artist, or musician, in composing or performing
  2. Artistic energy and enthusiasm
  3. Vigour, vitality and liveliness
  4. Rapture, enthusiasm
  5. Spirit, energy
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
      Normally, this [girl] presents to the world the appearance of one who is feeling that if it isn't the best of all possible worlds, it's quite good enough to be going on with till a better one comes along. Verve, I mean, and animation and all that sort of thing. But now there was a listlessness about her [...]

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