listless

adjective
list·less | \ ˈlist-ləs \

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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Few teams, even those who came into the season with no hope or plan of contending, have looked as flat-out bad, listless or without direction as the Mets. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Midseason Report Card: Upstart Braves, Phillies Headline Surprisingly Tight NL East Race," 27 June 2018 The three-person cast is not afraid to look dumpy or tired or listless. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Apartheid Drama "A Lesson From Aloes" At Hartford Stage Has Powerful, Relevant Message," 29 May 2018 Vontae, an 11-year-old African-American boy from Los Angeles, at first seems merely withdrawn and listless. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "DocTalk: Danger and diversity in the spotlight," 10 May 2018 Daniel's third-inning struggles dug too deep of a hole for Auburn's again-listless offense, which showed few signs of life outside of the third inning, when the Tigers answered the Bulldogs' five-run inning with two runs of their own. Tom Green, AL.com, "Davis Daniel, Auburn's offense struggle again as Mississippi State evens series," 14 Apr. 2018 Milwaukee looked listless and out of sorts in the early moments of the game. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nets 119, Bucks 111: A step in the wrong direction," 5 Apr. 2018 The Hurricanes can suffer through extended bouts of listless offense, evidenced by the Duke loss, but that may not rear its ugly head against a bad defensive team in Raleigh. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Picks: Big East Showdown and a Handful of Sneaky-Good Matchups to Watch This Weekend," 19 Jan. 2018 The listless Brewers had good reason to look weary in falling to Pittsburgh, 6-3, at PNC Park. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 6, Brewers 3: A long stretch of games and an early-morning arrival lead to a rough loss," 12 July 2018 Chester’s listless wife, Roxanne, is equally defeated by her surroundings. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Hell in a Handbag announces casting for Charles Ludlam's 'The Artificial Jungle'," 20 June 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 \

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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