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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

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Other Words from languid

languidly adverb
languidness noun

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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 RedZone stripped away the languid, social elements of an often slow-moving sport. Elizabeth Nelson, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2021 The Beatles version is languid; Rist’s is the opposite. Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2021 As the title suggests, the languid new ballad and dreamy accompanying music video are love letters to Arcadia and Los Angeles, featuring fleeting images of downtown L.A., the Santa Monica Pier, the 101 and 405 freeways and other familiar locations. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 On languid bus rides from one Olympic venue to another, a panorama of gustatory pleasures rolls by: noodle joints, skewer shops, sushi counters. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021 Happier Than Ever retains many of Eilish’s signature sounds—languid ballads, lingering, whispered syllables, dreamy synthesizer pads—while expanding outward into a disparate array of genres and eras. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 30 July 2021 Eighty minutes of midtempo moodiness, however, can be too much of a luxuriously languid good thing. Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 Our only fish makes languid loops around and through the floating plants, while numerous green frogs vie for the perfect sunny spot on the pond’s edge. Cori Brown,, 11 July 2021 In contrast to the languid pace of Hillsdale, where the house is located, Dembo spends her workdays crafting contemporary homes for clients on deadline. Amanda Sims Clifford, House Beautiful, 10 June 2021

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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

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“Languid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of languid

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


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

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