lan·​guor ˈlaŋ-gər How to pronounce languor (audio)
 also  -ər
: weakness or weariness of body or mind
the languor of convalescence
: listless indolence or inertia
languor brought on by a hot summer afternoon
Choose the Right Synonym for languor

lethargy, languor, lassitude, stupor, torpor mean physical or mental inertness.

lethargy implies such drowsiness or aversion to activity as is induced by disease, injury, or drugs.

months of lethargy followed my accident

languor suggests inertia induced by an enervating climate or illness or love.

languor induced by a tropical vacation

lassitude stresses listlessness or indifference resulting from fatigue or poor health.

a depression marked by lassitude

stupor implies a deadening of the mind and senses by shock, narcotics, or intoxicants.

lapsed into an alcoholic stupor

torpor implies a state of suspended animation as of hibernating animals but may suggest merely extreme sluggishness.

a once alert mind now in a torpor

Examples of languor in a Sentence

They enjoyed the languor brought on by a hot summer afternoon. They felt an indefinable languor.
Recent Examples on the Web There are two excellent reasons to savor the series, in all of its languor. Judy Berman, TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 The characters emote with the rich, sticky languor of a lava lamp, and none come to life with the force of those in the works to which Catán nods. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023 Everyone was ready to shake off the languor of the hot afternoon and welcome in the shade of night. Jacqui Gifford, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 The range is vast, touching on reggae, krautrock, MPB, and the blues, and the thread that ties it all together is the languor of a hot summer’s day. Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork, 22 Aug. 2023 Taking cues from Éric Rohmer’s summertime romantic comedy-dramas, Petzold fills much of the film with routine errands, trips to the beach, and aimless conversations over dinner—scenes of leisure and languor that appear plotless. Jasmine Liu, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2023 The hours before a baseball game have a languor to them: kids gawking on the edges of the field, big-leaguers thwacking batting-practice home runs. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 12 June 2023 Several men languor in the sun on makeshift stools outside a garage bay. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 June 2023 Later, Margaret and Janie suffer as a teen boy at the drugstore rings up their sanitary pads with the languor of a James Bond villain. Amy Nicholson, Variety, 20 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French langur, from Latin languor, from languēre

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of languor was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Languor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


lan·​guor ˈlaŋ-(g)ər How to pronounce languor (audio)
: weakness or weariness of body or mind
: a state of dreamy idleness
languorously adverb

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