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languorous

[lang-ger-uh s] /ˈlæŋ gər əs/
adjective
1.
characterized by languor; languid.
2.
inducing languor:
languorous fragrance.
Origin of languorous
1480-1490
1480-90; languor + -ous
Related forms
languorously, adverb
languorousness, noun
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  • Bright eyes were languorous and spoke, voices sank to silence.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The air was languorous with the scent of jasmin and orange-blossoms.

  • A light breeze sighed among the branches, swaying them in languorous rhythm, rustling them in soft and ceaseless whisperings.

    In Old Kentucky Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
  • And that he admired his own languorous ways there is no doubt.

  • A hot and languorous day in August saw the great battle of redskins and palefaces.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • The air, which should have been full of the twittering of birds, was heavy and languorous.

    The Sleeping Beauty C. S. Evans
  • To be likened to the languorous effects of some almost stimulating drug.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Warmer grew the air with a languorous, permeating fragrance.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • It was as though the heated earth panted for breath; no evening breeze stirred the leaves; the air was heavy and languorous.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for languorous

languorous

/ˈlæŋɡərəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by or producing languor
2.
another word for languid
Derived Forms
languorously, adverb
languorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for languorous
adj.

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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