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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 languidly
  • But not in the sense that he comes across as languidly aristocratic, or squire-ish.
  • The cigarette smoke pools at the ceiling an languidly settles down on everything.
  • The movie is so languidly paced that it occasionally turns vague and meandering.
  • Students chat or examine their cell phones or study languidly under spreading trees.
  • If she grows tired during an event, she will lounge languidly against a nearby barricade, chin in hand.
  • Maybe they spoke more languidly, or shook hands more leisurely.
  • It's an image that epitomizes summertime: freshly laundered sheets pinned on a clothesline, billowing languidly in a warm breeze.
  • Overhead fans languidly attempt to rearrange the air.
  • She strolls languidly through a mansion, stopping on the landing of a grand staircase.
  • And while his right foot turns languidly inward, his left foot is braced against the rung, ready to spring.
British Dictionary definitions for languidly


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 languidly



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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