gusto

You can do many things with gusto, or hearty enthusiasm, whether it's eating a steak, playing table tennis, or cheering on your favorite team. Some people live their whole lives with gusto.

Since the seventeenth century gusto has been helping English speakers describe things that are done with vigor and enthusiasm. Gusto is Italian for “taste,” and its Italian origins are evident both in its spelling, with its “o” ending, and its sense of “a taste for life." Use this word to describe vigorous activities — you probably wouldn’t "take a nap with gusto," even if you really enjoy napping. You're more likely to score goals and dance the Macarena with gusto.

Definitions of gusto
1

n vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment

Synonyms:
relish, zest, zestfulness
Type of:
enjoyment
the pleasure felt when having a good time
enthusiasm
a feeling of excitement

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