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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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 Julian Casablancas, the Strokes’ handsome and vaguely bummed-out lead singer, was listless by comparison. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Strokes’ Eerily Prescient “The New Abnormal”," 13 Apr. 2020 A day of mostly listless trading on Wall Street ended Wednesday with modest losses as the stock market gave back some of its gains from the day before. BostonGlobe.com, "Tech companies lead modest slide by US stock indexes - The Boston Globe," 17 Oct. 2019 Accustomed to the flow of a bustling workday, and the engagement with a full house of guests, most of the staff, having grown listless and lonely, dote on the couple ceaselessly. David Zweig, New York Times, "They Were the Last Couple in Paradise. Now Their Resort Life Continues.," 5 Apr. 2020 By most measures, Biden has been an unconvincing candidate: a peripheral figure in the debates, uninspired on policy, an often listless and intermittent campaigner. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday Revival," 4 Mar. 2020 Chronic wasting disease causes deer, elk, moose and other cervids to become listless and emaciated. Washington Post, "New lawsuit over Wyoming elk feeding seeks sooner phase-out," 3 Feb. 2020 The Wings were listless and sloppy, though the Hurricanes didn't show much zeal either, as both teams were playing the second end of a back-to-back. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings shut out by Hurricanes, 2-0, in Filip Zadina's season debut," 25 Nov. 2019 Her typically spunky daughter, Ellie, then 4, had been listless for days, leading to a series of visits to her pediatrician but no answers. NBC News, "A doctor said she had extensive training in diagnosing child abuse. Her résumé shows otherwise.," 14 Feb. 2020 While the Fed generally wants to keep a lid on consumer price increases, sluggish inflation can signal a listless economy and pose a risk of falling prices that can hurt economic growth. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Fed raises rates, keeps forecast for 3 hikes in 2018," 21 Mar. 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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The first known use of listless was in the 15th century

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25 Apr 2020

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