lan·​guor·​ous | \ ˈlaŋ-gə-rəs How to pronounce languorous (audio) , -grəs also -ə-rəs \

Definition of languorous

1 : producing or tending to produce languor a languorous climate those hot and languorous southern days
2 : full of or characterized by languor a languorous soak in the tub may be a rare respite for most womenVogue

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languorously adverb

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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

Examples of languorous in a Sentence

the drummer's languorous playing caused the rest of the band to keep missing the beat
Recent Examples on the Web One couple reverses the traditional gender roles — the wife being aggressive and masculine, the husband languorous and feminine. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Miró stretched the crowning third movement to its languorous extreme, clocking in at roughly 20 minutes. Elizabeth Nonemaker,, 15 Nov. 2021 The Montezuma Hills rolled leisurely to the west, dotted with a mass of languorous windmills while tule reeds, permanently slanting eastward, shuddered as a flight of swallows rose in unison. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 The hourlong drive south on SP540/SP484 bypasses languorous Etruscan hilltowns, chestnut groves, and shops stocked with olive oil, salumi, and panforte. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Sep. 2021 Opening herself to languorous days reading and hiking without a strict itinerary was a welcome tonic to her life in New York, where everything was controlled. Anne Quito, Quartz, 9 Sep. 2021 Onstage in a liquid silver gown, Vanessa stuck to the languorous Streisand tempo. Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2021 The figure has languorous, drooping eyelids and holds a torch, like the Statue of Liberty. New York Times, 1 July 2021 The songs, meanwhile, are rich with warm riffs, finger-snap beats and languorous keys. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of languorous

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Languorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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