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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Recent Examples on the Web God bless this moderator, sighs a nation that feels exhausted, listless and wishes only to be anywhere but stuck at home. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "Kristen Welker saved ‘the show,’ but let’s not ever forget that TV debates need to change," 23 Oct. 2020 Notre Dame had the opportunity to move into the top three but looked listless in a 12-7 win against Louisville. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "No. 1 Clemson stays ahead of No. 2 Alabama in this week's NCAA Re-Rank 1-127," 19 Oct. 2020 From his Kandiyohi County jail cell, Dalfonzo Thompson became listless. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, "Amid pandemic, Minnesota prisoners remain warehoused in county jails to make space for distancing," 11 Oct. 2020 In between those listless periods, though, the Yankees flashed greatness. Daily News Staff, courant.com, "Yankees-Indians Wild Card Series: schedule, times, TV info, key stats," 28 Sep. 2020 Times Square has never been so listless for so long. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "How Covid Broke Times Square, the Heart of New York’s Economy," 2 Oct. 2020 But what kept Sunday’s effort from being dominant was a fourth-quarter performance that was listless at times. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "New pieces on defense giving the Cardinals a much-needed makeover from 2019," 20 Sep. 2020 Unable to draw from support in what’s always been an electric environment, on an evening that felt more like a glorified practice session than a match with so much at stake, both men were sluggish at times, listless, even. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Dominic Thiem is first man since 1949 to win U.S. Open final after ceding first 2 sets," 14 Sep. 2020 For two full sets, Alexander Zverev was confused and listless, his body language as poor as his winner-to-error ratio against Pablo Carreño Busta in the U.S. Open semifinals Friday. Howard Fendrich, orlandosentinel.com, "Alexander Zverev erases 2-set hole, will face Dominic Thiem in U.S. Open final," 12 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of listless was in the 15th century

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26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Listless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/listless. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for listless

listless

adjective
How to pronounce listless (audio)

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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