Definition of listless
: characterized by lack of interest, energy, or spirit a listless melancholy attitude
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.
Recent Examples of listless from the Web
Placing so much emphasis on this mystery meant the episode, clearly positioned as a tense set-up before the election results are revealed, felt listless and circular rather than riveting.
World stock markets were listless Monday as investors look to a raft of economic data this week and as holidays in several key markets crimped trading volume.
The next morning, the movie shook up a largely listless event that has been stuffed with near-misses and entries that tend to preach at viewers or punish them, often both.
For the better part of the afternoon against Wake Forest on Friday, the Hurricanes looked listless and struggled at the plate while the third-seeded Demon Deacons held the lead.
Stocks have been relatively listless since hitting records early last month.
Eventually, the sheer volume of home videos gave rise to listless ambles through the video store.
Stymied by the now-listless spacecraft, NASA reached out to the space community for possible ways to keep using the craft to look for new planets.
Their loss at home Sunday to the reliably putrid Sacramento Kings featured their worst 2016 traits: listless defense, shooting that more properly looked like flinging, passing to men who weren’t cutting, and cutting to men who weren’t passing.
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Synonym Discussion of listless
LISTLESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of listless for English Language Learners
: lacking energy or spirit
LISTLESS Defined for Kids
Definition of listless for Students
: too tired or too little interested to want to do things
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