adjective list·less \ˈlist-ləs\

: lacking energy or spirit

Full Definition of LISTLESS

:  characterized by lack of interest, energy, or spirit <a listless melancholy attitude>
list·less·ly adverb
list·less·ness noun

Examples of LISTLESS

  1. The heat made everyone tired and listless.
  2. The party was a listless affair.
  3. He became listless, answered in monosyllables, gurgled, drank a great deal of whisky, and looked with hateful eyes at everyone. —Isaiah Berlin, New York Times Book Review, 12 Apr. 1987

Origin of LISTLESS

Middle English listles, from 2list (see 2list)
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of LISTLESS

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>.
LISTLESSLY Defined for Kids


adjective list·less \ˈlist-ləs\

Definition of LISTLESS for Kids

:  too tired or too little interested to want to do things
list·less·ly adverb
list·less·ness noun


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