Definition of languid
- arms too languid with happiness to embrace him
- —John Galsworthy
- proceeded at a languid pace
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They proceeded at a languid pace.
It was a hot, languid summer day.
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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").
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