languid

adjective
lan·​guid | \ ˈlaŋ-gwəd How to pronounce languid (audio) \

Definition of languid

1 : drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion : weak arms too languid with happiness to embrace him— John Galsworthy
2 : sluggish in character or disposition : listless proceeded at a languid pace
3 : lacking force or quickness of movement : slow

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from languid

languidly adverb
languidness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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 half-hearted 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

What Is the Difference Between languid and languorous?

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").

Examples of languid in a Sentence

They proceeded at a languid pace. It was a hot, languid summer day.
Recent Examples on the Web Director Stevens’ script undercuts the first half, though; at the climax, the pacing settles for languid disorientation instead of effective screw-tightening. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Girl on the Third Floor’ review: Bordello ghosts complicate a Chicago-area home renovation. Moral: Think twice about the suburbs," 3 Dec. 2019 The defense showed up, too, after that languid start. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas finishes turbulent regular season on high note," 29 Nov. 2019 His father, William Carey Wright, was a feckless music teacher, composer of languid songs, and itinerant minister who never held a job for long. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019 Literature's heavy hitters—Melville, Maugham, Michener—chronicled their time on the islands, using them as languid backdrops to the plot. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Island Hopping in French Polynesia," 15 Nov. 2019 Much time is spent crafting the world the story is built on with the premise moving forward at a languid pace. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "EW talks YA: These brilliantly spooky tales arrive just in time for Halloween," 7 Oct. 2019 The disjointed syntax is exquisite poetry [comparable with] ‘Summer and Smoke,’ with its languid long lines. BostonGlobe.com, "Whatever your familiarity with Tennessee Williams’s “The Night of the Iguana,” whether from previous productions or John Huston’s 1964 film starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, it might come as a surprise that Williams infused his 1961 play with nods to Japanese theater traditions.," 20 Sep. 2019 The game, mostly languid, was briefly interesting at the end but finished with a 13-6 Colts win. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "How the NFL separates good from great when evaluating talent," 24 Oct. 2019 On the other, the pose, though serpentine and languid, was physically painful to hold. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Time for a Riot: Camp Fashion at the Met, and a Real Riot at the Stonewall," 31 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'languid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of languid

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for languid

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about languid

Time Traveler for languid

Time Traveler

The first known use of languid was in 1595

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about languid

Statistics for languid

Last Updated

7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Languid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/languid. Accessed 7 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for languid

languid

adjective
How to pronounce languid (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of languid

formal + literary : showing or having very little strength, energy, or activity

languid

adjective
lan·​guid | \ ˈlaŋ-gwəd How to pronounce languid (audio) \

Kids Definition of languid

1 : having very little strength, energy, or spirit a pale languid boy
2 : having a slow and relaxed quality a languid pace

Other Words from languid

languidly adverb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on languid

What made you want to look up languid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the study of flags

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!