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

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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.

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The artist stays in languid intervals at Barragán's home and studio, sleeping in the guest room where, she is told, all his girlfriends stayed. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "In 'The Proposal,’ filmmaker seeks to free the work of a renowned Mexican architect," 19 June 2019 Animals go mad; the dead soon rise up from their graves and—moving, as zombies do, at the languid pace of people to whom time means nothing—eat the living. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "“The Dead Don’t Die,” Reviewed: Jim Jarmusch’s Fiercely Political Zombie Comedy," 14 June 2019 Practice wildlife photography using colorful birds and languid sloths as your subjects. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Heat-wave hair, too, reigned supreme: Kerry Washington let down her curls for a seaside afternoon in Cannes, and Hailey Baldwin provided the ultimate lazy girl’s solution for languid beach days in the form of two effortless braids. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks: Week of June 25, 2018," 26 June 2018 An integral part of the German soccer team since 2010, including the 2014 World Cup championship, Mr. Özil is a player of rare ability, whose languid movement on the field can give an untrained eye the impression of laziness. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "A Toxic Turkish Photo-Op," 29 July 2018 Life has a rhythm of its own here, deliciously slow and languid, the kind of dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing) that makes for the very best kind of holiday. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "Pistachio Pesto and Almond Granita: Skye McAlpine Discovers the Tastes of the Aeolian Islands," 23 Aug. 2018 With everything from languid floral silk dresses to transitional leather coats, the collection did more than just fill the gaps. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Equipment Goes Beyond the Basic With Its First Full Ready-to-Wear Collection," 29 Sep. 2018 There’s the languid pacing that leaves you breathing room to observe things for yourself and interpret them from your own viewpoint. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018

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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

adjective

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

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