voracious (adj.) Look up voracious at Dictionary.com
1630s, formed as an adjectival form of voracity. Related: Voraciously; voraciousness.
voracity (n.) Look up voracity at Dictionary.com
1520s, from Middle French voracité (14c.) or directly from Latin voracitatem (nominative voracitas) "greediness, ravenousness," from vorax (genitive voracis) "greedy, ravenous, consuming," from vorare "to devour," from PIE *gwor-a-, from root *gwora- "food, devouring."
vorlage (n.) Look up vorlage at Dictionary.com
"skiing," 1939, from German vorlage, from vorlegen "to lean forward," from vor (see fore) + legen, from Old High German laga "act of laying," from Proto-Germanic *lagam, from PIE root *legh- "to lie down, lay."
vorpal (adj.) Look up vorpal at Dictionary.com
1871, invented by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking-Glass."
vortex (n.) Look up vortex at Dictionary.com
1650s, "whirlpool, eddying mass," from Latin vortex, variant of vertex "an eddy of water, wind, or flame; whirlpool; whirlwind," from stem of vertere "to turn" (from PIE root *wer- (2) "to turn, bend"). Plural form is vortices. Became prominent in 17c. theories of astrophysics (by Descartes, etc.). In reference to human affairs, it is attested from 1761. Vorticism as a movement in British arts and literature is attested from 1914, coined by Ezra Pound. Related: Vortical; vorticist.
votary (n.) Look up votary at Dictionary.com
1540s, "one consecrated by a vow," from Latin votum "a promise to a god; that which is promised" (see vow (n.)) + -ary. Originally "a monk or nun," general sense of "ardent devotee of some aim or pursuit" is from 1591 (in Shakespeare, originally in reference to love). Related: Votaress.
vote (n.) Look up vote at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., "formal expression of one's wish or choice with regard to a proposal, candidate, etc.," from Latin votum "a vow, wish, promise to a god, solemn pledge, dedication," noun use of neuter of votus, past participle of vovere "to promise, dedicate" (see vow (n.)). Meaning "totality of voters of a certain class or type" is from 1888.
vote (v.) Look up vote at Dictionary.com
1550s, "give a vote to;" 1560s, "enact or establish by vote,"; see vote (n.). Earlier it meant "to vow" to do something (mid-15c.). Related: Voted; voting.
voter (n.) Look up voter at Dictionary.com
1570s, agent noun from vote (v.).
votive (adj.) Look up votive at Dictionary.com
1590s, "dedicated or given in fulfillment of a vow," from Middle French votif, from Latin votivus "of or pertaining to a vow, promised by a vow, conforming to one's wishes," from votum (see vow (n.)).
vouch (v.) Look up vouch at Dictionary.com
early 14c., "summon into court to prove a title," from Anglo-French voucher, Old French vocher "to call, summon, invoke, claim," probably from Gallo-Roman *voticare, metathesis of Latin vocitare "to call to, summon insistently," frequentative of Latin vocare "to call, call upon, summon" (from PIE root *wekw- "to speak"). Meaning "guarantee to be true or accurate" is first attested 1590s. Related: Vouched; vouching.
voucher (n.) Look up voucher at Dictionary.com
1520s, originally "summoning of a person into court to warrant the title to a property, a calling to vouch;" see vouch. Meaning "receipt from a business transaction" is first attested 1690s; sense of "document which can be exchanged for goods or services" is attested from 1947.
vouchsafe (v.) Look up vouchsafe at Dictionary.com
c. 1300, vouchen safe "to vouch as safe, guarantee" (see vouch and safe (adj.)).
vow (n.) Look up vow at Dictionary.com
"solemn promise," c. 1300, from Anglo-French and Old French voe (Modern French vœu), from Latin votum "a promise to a god, solemn pledge, dedication; that which is promised; a wish, desire, longing, prayer," noun use of neuter of votus, past participle of vovere "to promise solemnly, pledge, dedicate, vow," from PIE root *wegwh- "to speak solemnly, vow, preach" (source also of Sanskrit vaghat- "one who offers a sacrifice;" Greek eukhe "vow, wish," eukhomai "I pray"). Meaning "solemn engagement to devote oneself to a religious order or life" is from c. 1400; earlier "to bind oneself" to chastity (early 14c.).
vow (v.) Look up vow at Dictionary.com
"promise solemnly," c. 1300, from Old French voer, from voe (see vow (n.)). Related: Vowed; vowing.
vowel (n.) Look up vowel at Dictionary.com
c. 1300, from Old French voieul (Modern French voyelle), from Latin vocalis, in littera vocalis, literally "vocal letter," from vox (genitive vocis) "voice," from PIE root *wekw- "to speak." Vowel shift in reference to the pronunciation change between Middle and Modern English is attested from 1909. The Hawaiian word hooiaioia, meaning "certified," has the most consecutive vowels of any word in current human speech; the English record-holder is queueing.
vox Look up vox at Dictionary.com
Latin, literally "voice," related to vocare "to call," from PIE root *wekw- "to speak."
vox populi (n.) Look up vox populi at Dictionary.com
1540s, Latin, literally "voice of the people." The full maxim (first attested in Medieval Latin) is vox populi, vox Dei "the voice of the people is the voice of God." Short form vox pop attested by 1964.
voyage (n.) Look up voyage at Dictionary.com
c. 1300, from Old French voiage "travel, journey, movement, course, errand, mission, crusade" (12c., Modern French voyage), from Late Latin viaticum "a journey" (in classical Latin "provisions for a journey"), noun use of neuter of viaticus "of or for a journey," from via "road, journey, travel" (see via).
voyage (v.) Look up voyage at Dictionary.com
late 15c., from Old French voyager, from voiage (see voyage (n.)). Related: Voyaged; voyaging.
voyager (n.) Look up voyager at Dictionary.com
late 15c., from Old French voyagier, from voiage (see voyage (n.)).
voyeur (n.) Look up voyeur at Dictionary.com
a scopophiliac, 1889 as a French word in English, from French voyeur, literally "one who views or inspects," from voir "to view," from Latin videre "to see" (from PIE root *weid- "to see").
Je ne puis pourtant omettre une catégorie de sadistes assez étonnants; ce sont ceux qu'on désigne sous le nom de "voyeurs." Ceux-ci cherchent une excitation dans les spectacles impudiques. [Léo Taxil]
voyeurism (n.) Look up voyeurism at Dictionary.com
"scopophilia," 1913, from voyeur + -ism.
voyeuristic (adj.) Look up voyeuristic at Dictionary.com
1919, from voyeur + -istic. Related: Voyeuristically.
vroom Look up vroom at Dictionary.com
1967, echoic of the sound of a motor engine revving.
vs Look up vs at Dictionary.com
abbreviation in law of Latin versus "turned toward or against," past participle of vertere "to turn" (from PIE root *wer- (2) "to turn, bend"). Also sometimes vs.; ver.
vue Look up vue at Dictionary.com
French, literally "view, sight; aspect, appearance; vision" (see view (n.)).
vug (n.) Look up vug at Dictionary.com
1818, from Cornish vooga "a cavity in rock; cave, hollow."
Vulcan (n.) Look up Vulcan at Dictionary.com
god of fire and metal-work in Roman mythology, 1510s, from Latin Vulcanus, Volcanus, according to Klein a word of Etruscan origin. Often with allusions to his lameness and the unfaithfulness of his wife, Venus. As the name of a hypothetical planet between Mercury and the Sun, it is attested from 1860 in English (see intramercurial). The Roman feast of Vulcanalia was on Aug. 23.
vulcanize (v.) Look up vulcanize at Dictionary.com
1827, "to put into flames," from Vulcan (q.v.), name of the Roman god of fire, + -ize. As a treatment for rubber, first recorded 1846. Related: Vulcanized; vulcanizing.
vulgar (adj.) Look up vulgar at Dictionary.com
late 14c., "common, ordinary," from Latin vulgaris, volgaris "of or pertaining to the common people, common, vulgar, low, mean," from vulgus "the common people, multitude, crowd, throng," perhaps from a PIE root *wel- "to crowd, throng" (source also of Sanskrit vargah "division, group," Greek eilein "to press, throng," Middle Breton gwal'ch "abundance," Welsh gwala "sufficiency, enough") [not in Watkins]. Meaning "coarse, low, ill-bred" is first recorded 1640s, probably from earlier use (with reference to people) with meaning "belonging to the ordinary class" (1530). Related: Vulgarly.
What we have added to human depravity is again a thoroughly Roman quality, perhaps even a Roman invention: vulgarity. That word means the mind of the herd, and specifically the herd in the city, the gutter, and the tavern. [Guy Davenport, "Wheel Ruts"]
vulgarian (n.) Look up vulgarian at Dictionary.com
"rich person of vulgar manners," 1804, from vulgar (adj.) + -ian.
vulgarity (n.) Look up vulgarity at Dictionary.com
1570s, "the common people," from Middle French vulgarité and directly from Late Latin vulgaritas "the multitude," from vulgaris (see vulgar). Meaning "coarseness, crudeness" is recorded from 1774.
vulgarize (v.) Look up vulgarize at Dictionary.com
"to make vulgar" (transitive), 1709, from vulgar + -ize. Related: Vulgarized; vulgarizing.
Vulgate (n.) Look up Vulgate at Dictionary.com
Latin translation of the Bible, especially that completed in 405 by St. Jerome (c.340-420), c. 1600, from Medieval Latin Vulgata, from Late Latin vulgata "common, general, ordinary, popular" (in vulgata editio "popular edition"), from Latin vulgata, fem. past participle of vulgare "make common or public, spread among the multitude," from vulgus "the common people" (see vulgar). So called because the translations made the book accessible to the common people of ancient Rome.
vulnerability (n.) Look up vulnerability at Dictionary.com
1767, noun from vulnerable (q.v.).
vulnerable (adj.) Look up vulnerable at Dictionary.com
c. 1600, from Late Latin vulnerabilis "wounding," from Latin vulnerare "to wound, hurt, injure, maim," from vulnus (genitive vulneris) "wound," perhaps related to vellere "pluck, to tear" (see svelte), or from PIE *wele-nes-, from *wele- (2) "to strike, wound" (see Valhalla).
Vulpecula Look up Vulpecula at Dictionary.com
constellation added to the celestial map in 1687 by Johannes Hevelius, from Latin vulpecula, volpecula "little fox," diminutive of vulpes, volpes "fox" (see vulpine).
vulpine (adj.) Look up vulpine at Dictionary.com
"pertaining to a fox, fox-like," 1620s, from Latin vulpinus "of or pertaining to a fox," from vulpes, earlier volpes (genitive vulpis, volpis) "fox," from PIE *wlpe- "fox" (source also of Greek alopex "fox").
vulture (n.) Look up vulture at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Anglo-French vultur, Old French voutoir, voutre (Modern French vautour), from Latin vultur, earlier voltur, perhaps related to vellere "to pluck, to tear" (see svelte). Figurative sense is recorded from 1580s. Related: Vulturine; vulturous.
vulva (n.) Look up vulva at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Latin vulva, earlier volva "womb, female sexual organ," perhaps literally "wrapper," from volvere "to turn, twist, roll, revolve," also "turn over in the mind," from PIE root *wel- (3) "to turn, revolve," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects.
VW (n.) Look up VW at Dictionary.com
1958, short for Volkswagen, which is German for "people's car" (see folk (n.) + wagon).