languid

adjective
lan·​guid | \ˈlaŋ-gwəd \

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.

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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 Panzanella is another favorite of mine; a Tuscan bread salad, its very name pan-za-nella rolls off the tongue with the same intoxicatingly languid charm of dolce-vita. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "How to Host a Gorgeous Summer Dinner Party Without Cooking," 22 June 2018 From impromptu grooves to languid, sunlit selfies, this week's most noteworthy beauty Instagrams featured going-with-the-flow themes. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, and More," 1 July 2018 There’s the languid pacing that leaves you breathing room to observe things for yourself. Colin Covert, kansascity, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a quietly moving story of family love," 12 July 2018 Monday got off to a hot, languid start and looked headed for a cool, combustible finish as the Movement festival wrapped up at Hart Plaza. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Movement Festival in Detroit will wrap up with Wu-Tang Clan," 28 May 2018 With its weekly sailboat races and picturesque downtown, residents were settling into summer's languid rhythms when the shooting shattered the usual tranquility. Brian Witte, Fox News, "Small capital draped in grief by shooting," 30 June 2018 Growth has slowed slightly since 2017, but still seems to be beating the languid pace set in the five years before that. The Economist, "Could a trade war derail global growth?," 21 June 2018

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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of languid

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

languid

adjective
lan·​guid | \ˈlaŋ-gwəd \

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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languidly adverb

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