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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 More languid activities, including picnicking and sunbathing, and their accessories — canopies, coolers and the like — will continue to be prohibited. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles County beaches may reopen Wednesday. Here are the new rules," 11 May 2020 But then lockdown happened, and the world beyond my doors was shut out, while the possibility for those languid indoor moments came crashing in. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Teapot I Lovingly Brought Back From Mexico Is Helping Me Appreciate Alone Time," 28 Apr. 2020 This languid bop will get you through the rocky waves of life, but don't let the smooth groove the song is built on fool you. Courtney E. Smith,, "New Music To Know This Week: Miquela Meets A Hero & Ariana Grande’s Secret Weapon Drops A Bomb," 27 Apr. 2020 These interludes can be illuminating, but they—along with the framing device and too many tired family-sitcom plots (e.g., Mom and Dad do drugs)—slow the already languid pace. Judy Berman, Time, "Netflix's #blackAF Is Kenya Barris' Uneven But Inspired Curb Your Enthusiasm," 15 Apr. 2020 Each year, the switch of balmy, languid days for long nights and brisk winds elicits a parallel beauty adjustment. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez’s New Haircut Brings Summertime Swagger to the Holiday Season," 12 Nov. 2019 An obvious backlash to the hustle culture embodied by Fiverr ads, cottagecore attempts to assuage burnout with a languid enjoyment of life’s mundane tasks. Isabel Slone, New York Times, "Escape Into Cottagecore, Calming Ethos for Our Febrile Moment," 10 Mar. 2020 The throttle has the opposite problem; its languid response on six-cylinder models is at odds with the engine's low-speed electric assist. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "First Drive: 2020 Land Rover Defender Is Ruggedness Evolved," 24 Mar. 2020 There’s a lot of time in between songs, meaning the 70-minute clip has a languid pace. al, "Amanda Shires puts Jason Isbell to work in new project," 22 Mar. 2020

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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 28 May. 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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