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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This sumptuous ode to the languid pleasures of southern European lifestyles served as a manual for anyone aspiring to a life in sunnier climes. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The New Provence: From Quaint to Uber-Chic," 11 July 2019 Ohtani emerged from a languid start to assemble a 1.082 on-base-plus-slugging percentage since June 1. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "Loss of Tyler Skaggs tough for Angels on the field as well as off in the second half," 11 July 2019 Summers often bring a wave of childhood memories: lounging poolside, trips to the local amusement park, languid, steamy days at the beach. Victoria W. Wolcott, The Conversation, "The forgotten history of segregated swimming pools and amusement parks," 9 July 2019 Arriola and Tyler Boyd, who recently transferred his international allegiance from New Zealand and was capped for the second time on Tuesday, were the mobile, incisive and decisive antidotes to the game’s languid pace. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Wingers Do the Work for USA in Gold Cup-Opening Win Over Guyana," 19 June 2019 One, directed by Tiravanija, is a long, languid look at rural life in Thailand, Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbors. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "This Performance Art Piece Is Being Served Up with Tasty, Warm Bowls of Curry," 13 June 2019 That leaves a lot of room for a lot of transgressive activity, and over the course of Aster’s somewhat languid 140 minutes, the story is guided by Dani’s stages of grief and astonishment and transformation. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Midsommar’ review: ‘Hereditary’ director follows up with a scary vacation trip," 25 June 2019 This picture is his Whistler moment, with muted blues and yellows, vaguely japonisme wallpaper, lots of diagonals, and figures more languid than sternly upright. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019 Nézet-Séguin’s trademark with Ravel has been finding the underlying tension and continuity in the music, though Monday’s Daphnis et Chloe was unusually languid by his standards. David Patrick Stearns, https://www.inquirer.com, "It’s a Yannick fest at Carnegie Hall, and the first show is a hit," 4 June 2019

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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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