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adjective lan·guid \ˈlaŋ-gwəd\

Simple Definition of languid

  • : showing or having very little strength, energy, or activity

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of languid

  1. 1 :  drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion :  weak

  2. 2 :  sluggish in character or disposition :  listless

  3. 3 :  lacking force or quickness of movement :  slow

languidly adverb
languidness noun

Examples of languid in a sentence

  1. They proceeded at a languid pace.

  2. It was a hot, languid summer day.

Did You Know?

The letter L holds claim to a payload of words in English that connote a lack of energy or enthusiasm. Two of them - "languid" and "languorous" - derive from the same source, the Latin verb languēre ("to languish"). "Languid" describes the kind of sluggishness that one often experiences from fatigue or weakness ("the illness left her feeling languid"). "Languorous" applies more to someone who just doesn’t feel the will to get up and do anything ("he felt languorous on a rainy Sunday afternoon"). There is also "lackadaisical," which implies a halfhearted effort given from lack of care ("lackadaisical seniors just floating along until graduation"), as well as "listless," which suggests a lack of spirit caused by physical weakness, dissatisfaction, or sadness ("she was listless for a few weeks following the breakup").

Origin of languid

Middle French languide, from Latin languidus, from languēre to languish — more at slack

First Known Use: 1597

Synonym Discussion of languid

languid, languorous, lackadaisical, listless, spiritless mean lacking energy or enthusiasm. languid refers to an unwillingness or inability to exert oneself due to fatigue or physical weakness <was depressed and languid for weeks after surgery>. languorous suggests a dreamy boredom and delicacy that avoids unnecessary activity <languorous cats lying in the sun>. lackadaisical implies a carefree indifference marked by halfhearted efforts <lackadaisical college seniors pretending to study>. listless suggests a lack of interest caused by physical weakness or dissatisfied boredom <listless hospital patients> <listless children flipping through picture books on a rainy day>. spiritless refers to a lack of animation or vigor that gives one's actions and words life <a spiritless recital of the poem>.

LANGUID Defined for Kids


adjective lan·guid \ˈlaŋ-gwəd\

Definition of languid for Students

  1. 1 :  having very little strength, energy, or spirit <a pale languid boy>

  2. 2 :  having a slow and relaxed quality <a languid pace>

languidly adverb

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