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languid

[lang-gwid] /ˈlæŋ gwɪd/
adjective
1.
lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow:
a languid manner.
2.
lacking in spirit or interest; listless; indifferent.
3.
drooping or flagging from weakness or fatigue; faint.
Origin of languid
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin languidus faint. See languish, -id4
Related forms
languidly, adverb
languidness, noun
unlanguid, adjective
unlanguidly, adverb
unlanguidness, noun
Synonyms
1. inactive, inert, sluggish, torpid. 2. spiritless. 3. weak, feeble, weary, exhausted, debilitated.
Antonyms
1. active, energetic. 3. vigorous.
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  • He was tall with a high hat, a fine moustache and a tailcoat; he had melancholy eyes and a languid air.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • Her applause was not languid applause, neither was it without discrimination.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Cynthia opened her languid eyes, and seeing the Duchess's dress stained with her blood, mutely drew it to her lips.

  • Mrs. Beaufort, languid and afflicted with headache, said little.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Mr. Calhoun handed her to a chair, where she began to use her languid but effective fan.

    54-40 or Fight Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for languid

languid

/ˈlæŋɡwɪd/
adjective
1.
without energy or spirit
2.
without interest or enthusiasm
3.
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
adj.

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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