Definition of languid
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Examples of languid in a Sentence
They proceeded at a languid pace.
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 and Etymology of languid
Middle French languide, from Latin languidus, from languēre to languish — more at slack
First Known Use: 1595
Synonym Discussion of languid
LANGUID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of languid for English Language Learners
: showing or having very little strength, energy, or activity
LANGUID Defined for Kids
Definition of languid for Students
1 : having very little strength, energy, or spirit a pale languid boy
2 : having a slow and relaxed quality a languid pace
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