lan·​guor·​ous ˈlaŋ-gə-rəs How to pronounce languorous (audio)
 also  -ə-rəs
: producing or tending to produce languor
a languorous climate
those hot and languorous southern days
: full of or characterized by languor
a languorous soak in the tub may be a rare respite for most womenVogue
languorously adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for languorous

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
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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of languorous was in 1753

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“Languorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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