listless

adjective
list·​less | \ ˈlist-ləs How to pronounce listless (audio) \

Definition of listless

: characterized by lack of interest, energy, or spirit a listless melancholy attitude

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Other Words from listless

listlessly adverb
listlessness noun

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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 listless in a Sentence

He became listless, answered in monosyllables, gurgled, drank a great deal of whisky, and looked with hateful eyes at everyone. — Isaiah Berlin, New York Times Book Review, 12 Apr. 1987 She looked up and saw everyone starting his work. She took out a piece of paper, feeling listless and bored as she did. — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy, 1964 His blue eyes had lost their colour; they had a listless droop; and his mouth, losing the fulness of youth, was weak and pale. — W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage, 1915 Her pretty face was wan and listless, her hair uncurled—some locks hanging lankly down, and some carelessly twisted round her head. — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847 The heat made everyone tired and listless. The party was a listless affair.
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The partnership between Sony and Disney-owned Marvel marked a major boost for a listless summer box office, coming in ahead of expectations. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "'Spider-Man: Far From Home' swings to massive $185 million Fourth of July weekend," 7 July 2019 O’Rourke’s campaign has fizzled since its launch, weighed down by a view of O’Rourke as listless, restless. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Beto O’Rourke’s Spanish Moment at the Democratic Debate," 27 June 2019 Instead of languishing in a Seattle lineup that has been listless since a hot start to the season, Encarnacion will spend the rest of the year hitting in the middle of one of the league’s most potent orders. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Stock Ticker: Expect Edwin Encarnacion to Rise in the Heart of Yankees' Lineup," 18 June 2019 Bonnie’s own spiraling guilt over Perry’s death at the end of season one has left her increasingly listless and disconnected from her friends and family. Aja Romano, Vox, "Big Little Lies season 2, episode 2: “Tell-Tale Hearts” asks if families can survive their own secrets," 17 June 2019 Maybe that fuels the fire of a 32-year-old veteran trying to spark a listless team. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Yuli Gurriel, Astros get walkoff win over Mariners in 10 innings," 28 June 2019 Zendaya embodies a certain quality of listless nihilism with Rue, but her overripe narration represents Levinson’s most tin-eared writing. Darren Franich, EW.com, "HBO's teen shock-soap Euphoria is sweeter than you think: EW review," 14 June 2019 The superstar shortstop is hitting .307/.375/.551 with 11 homers, seven steals and 24 RBI, putting on his back a Cleveland offense that would be totally listless without him. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Table Setter: Expect Big Week From Scorching Hot Nolan Arenado," 8 June 2019 Running, yoga, talk therapy, and writing all left me listless and frustrated. Christine Yu, SELF, "Wading in a Cranberry Bog Was the Therapeutic Experience I Didn’t Know I Needed," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of listless

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for listless

Middle English listles, from list entry 2

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listless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of listless

: lacking energy or spirit

listless

adjective
list·​less | \ ˈlist-ləs How to pronounce listless (audio) \

Kids Definition of listless

: too tired or too little interested to want to do things

Other Words from listless

listlessly adverb
listlessness noun

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