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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Another bonus for Alabama is that after South Carolina and Ole Miss both looked listless Saturday, Alabama really shouldn’t have a test until Oct. 12 at Texas A&M giving the young defensive replacements even more time to gel. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "The SEC’s shaky Saturday overshadows big wins," 1 Sep. 2019 What should be a fun, brassy, tough-minded fantasy ends up a listless traffic jam. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Kitchen Wastes a Sizzling Idea and Terrific Ingredients," 9 Aug. 2019 The car spun in listless circles around my bed, came to a grumpy stop, and meowed at me. Luke Winkie, Vox, "From build-your-own robots to computer programming 101, STEM toys are flooding the market.," 7 Aug. 2019 The recent spike in gold prices comes after years of listless trading in bullion, which had generally stayed between $1,100 and $1,350 since June 2013. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold Rally Picks Up Steam as Investors Pile In," 25 June 2019 After trailing through the first seven innings — the Tigers once listless offense awoke with a vengeance. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Auburn comes back late, is one win away from College World Series," 8 June 2019 People whose relatives had gone for the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia were listless and worried. Time, "The Indian Government Insists All Is Well in Kashmir. But As the Communications Shutdown Continues, Its Citizens Are Struggling to Reach the Outside World," 23 Aug. 2019 At one point, the baby got sick and was listless and unresponsive, Frye said. Washington Post, "Doctors will conduct health checks at facility with preemie," 15 June 2019 The second juts into the frame from the next room, limp and listless, as if from straining to load a life into a space that won’t hold it. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Chinese Photographer’s Secret Installations Inside His Parents’ Home," 4 Aug. 2019

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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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