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lethargic

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adjective le·thar·gic \lə-ˈthär-jik, le-\

Simple Definition of lethargic

  • : feeling a lack of energy or a lack of interest in doing things

Full Definition of lethargic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characterized by laziness or lack of energy :  feeling or affected by lethargy :  sluggish

  2. 2 :  indifferent, apathetic

le·thar·gi·cal·ly play \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of lethargic

  1. You'll need to move your lure as slowly as possible to tempt the lethargic fish into feeding… —Lenny Rudow, Boating, December 1997

  2. … became a drifter and for a time an alcoholic and finally lapsed into lethargic self-abasement. —Stanley Karnow, New York Times Book Review, 14 Oct. 1984

  3. The audience was cold and lethargic. It is true there were about fifty-seven applauses, but they were not roars of enthusiasm by any means. —Lady Bird Johnson, 12 Jan. 1966, in A White House Diary,1970

  4. The patient is weak and lethargic.

  5. <a big meal always makes me feel lethargic and sleepy>



Origin of lethargic

(see lethargy)


First Known Use: 14th century



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