languorous

adjective lan·guor·ous \ ˈlaŋ-gə-rəs , -grəs also -ə-rəs \
Updated on: 9 Jan 2018

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 women
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languorously

adverb

Examples of languorous in a Sentence

  1. the drummer's languorous playing caused the rest of the band to keep missing the beat

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First Known Use of languorous

1753

Synonym Discussion of 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


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