noun Etymology: French, from Middle French, caprice, from Old French, word, gossip, from Vulgar Latin *verva, from Latin verba, plural of verbum word — more at word Date: 1697 1. archaic special ability or talent 2. a. the spirit and enthusiasm animating artistic composition or performance ; vivacity b. energy, vitality

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  • verve — [və:v US və:rv] n [U] literary [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: Latin verba, plural of verbum; VERB] energy, excitement, or great pleasure with verve ▪ Cziffra played the Hungarian dances with great verve …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Verve — Verve, n. [F.] Excitement of imagination such as animates a poet, artist, or musician, in composing or performing; rapture; enthusiasm; spirit; energy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • verve — (n.) 1690s, special talent in writing, from Fr. verve enthusiasm (especially pertaining to the arts), in Old French caprice, odd humor, proverb (12c.), probably from Gallo Romance *verva, from L. verba (whimsical) words, plural of verbum word… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Verve — (franz., spr. wärw ), Schwung, Begeisterung, künstlerisches Feuer …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Verve — (frz., spr. wärrw), Schwung, Begeisterung …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • verve — index ardor, emotion, life (vitality), passion, spirit Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • verve — /vɛrv/ s.f., fr. [dal lat. volg. verva, lat. class. verba parole ], in ital. invar. [tono brioso, spec. nella conversazione: un parlatore ricco di v. ] ▶◀ brio, estro, mordente, spirito. ↑ grinta …   Enciclopedia Italiana

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