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[lang-gwid] /ˈlæŋ gwɪd/
lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow:
a languid manner.
lacking in spirit or interest; listless; indifferent.
drooping or flagging from weakness or fatigue; faint.
Origin of languid
1590-1600; < Latin languidus faint. See languish, -id4
Related forms
languidly, adverb
languidness, noun
unlanguid, adjective
unlanguidly, adverb
unlanguidness, noun
1. inactive, inert, sluggish, torpid. 2. spiritless. 3. weak, feeble, weary, exhausted, debilitated.
1. active, energetic. 3. vigorous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for languid
  • His languid rhythms and floating, world-weary vocals revolve around virtuoso oud flights.
  • My mid-morning snack cost about three dollars, a delicious if atypical meal for an incredibly hot and languid summer day.
  • It seems my days of languid train rides have somewhat halted for now.
  • Far away from visions of languid soups, these churning environments are the current best guess for the site of life's hatchery.
  • The tension builds slowly, through languid takes and steady framing, as strong emotions simmer below the surface.
  • Forget predictable aerobic routines and languid pedicure sessions.
  • Their songs are organic and languid, and stretch into curious, moody washes.
  • His notes are neither languid nor forced, but remarkably varied and spontaneous.
  • And if there is a mood conveyed, the mood could have been equally as well conveyed by other lines equally languid of rhythm.
  • Another, the languid downpour, floods the streets and leaves rainbows hanging in the distance.
British Dictionary definitions for languid


without energy or spirit
without interest or enthusiasm
sluggish; inactive
Derived Forms
languidly, adverb
languidness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin languidus, from languēre to languish
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Word Origin and History for languid

1590s, from Middle French languide (16c.) and directly from Latin languidus "faint, listless," from languere "be weak or faint," from PIE root *(s)leg- "to be slack" (see lax). Related: Languidly; languidness.

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