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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 As the train pulled in to Buffalo, New York, and onward through Rochester and Schenectady and eventually Boston itself, russet leaves reflected in languid creeks and duckweed-dappled lakes grew only more striking. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Amtrak Ride Through the U.S.'s Best Fall Foliage," 8 Oct. 2020 Orange evokes heat and creates tension while teal connotes its opposite, coolness and languid moodiness. Popular Science, "Why orange skies fill us with a sense of impending doom," 18 Sep. 2020 The area has long pitched a lazy island lifestyle to visitors, and Hurricane Sally lingered, moving through at an unusually languid pace. Bryn Stole | Staff Writer,, "After slow, destructive Hurricane Sally, coastal Alabama, Florida Panhandle towns pick up pieces," 17 Sep. 2020 What follows over the next several score of short pages is a languid description of the officer and his wife making love to each other and then plunging these weapons into themselves. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Is Nationalism Curative or Fatal?," 7 Sep. 2020 Depictions of the pharaoh and his family adhere to this new style, which is more languid and fluid than the iconic Egyptian style of dynasties past. National Geographic, "Anonymous artists invented ancient Egypt's iconic style," 27 Aug. 2020 Six teenage friends met up along the languid creek that was becoming their summer hangout: Swimming, lounging on floats, talking up on the dock. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "A teenager was drowning. 911 sent help to the wrong place.," 21 Aug. 2020 To restore such connections, the team proposed re-creating the kind of languid wetland that Walter and Merritts believed had once existed on the spot. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "A secret hidden in centuries-old mud revealed a new way to save polluted rivers," 18 Aug. 2020 His program changed names over the years — including The Country Roads Show and The Midnight Cowboy Trucking Show — but his languid style never wavered. Dallas News, "Legendary D-FW country DJ and songwriter Bill Mack dies at 88 of COVID-19, other causes," 31 July 2020

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.

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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. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of languid

formal + literary : 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

Other Words from languid

languidly adverb

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