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[lang-ger-uh s] /ˈlæŋ gər əs/
characterized by languor; languid.
inducing languor:
languorous fragrance.
Origin of languorous
1480-90; languor + -ous
Related forms
languorously, adverb
languorousness, noun Unabridged
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  • languorous weekday afternoons are the province of those deemed to be lacking in power.
  • It is not unlike watching the sinewy but languorous.
  • Some writers create indelible worlds in a manner that is at once fervent and languorous.
  • Cut away at the rear to reveal a tattoo at the small of her back, the dress suggested a languorous night in the honeymoon suite.
  • My first taste, a languorous spoonful of whipped cream, was not too sweet.
  • What a deep and languorous pleasure it is, being entertained by disembodied voices in a blurry half-light.
  • Our days were languorous and uneventful, but they flew by.
  • Toward the end of the movie, she's barely awake, and her languorous exhaustion takes on a tragic dimension.
  • Winter-bound bodies grow languorous and disciplined minds lose their trains of thought.
  • The human brain keeps time, from the flicker of milliseconds to the languorous unfurling of hours and days and years.
British Dictionary definitions for languorous


characterized by or producing languor
another word for languid
Derived Forms
languorously, adverb
languorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for languorous

late 15c., "mournful," from Old French langoros (11c.), from langor (see languor). Meaning "suggestive of languor" is from 1821. Related: Languorously; languorousness.

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