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[list-lis] /ˈlɪst lɪs/
having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent:
a listless mood; a listless handshake.
Origin of listless
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English lystles. See list4, -less
Related forms
listlessly, adverb
listlessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for listless
  • Integrated search is a boon to listless channel hoppers.
  • Because they stand out against a backdrop of listless dissatisfaction.
  • The protesters were listless in the midday furnace of the equatorial sun but their message was fierce and clear.
  • It is not a listless place, and if tourists came here they might spend some money and gain a grain of understanding.
  • The more wary warn that the listless lawlessness could soon spark anarchy.
  • They consist of a series of huge back lots populated by listless and bored people.
  • But many economists question whether it will perk up a listless recovery.
  • Infected birds experience weight loss, appear listless, and stand grouped together.
  • Sick fish often will be listless, swim in circles, and frequently are observed at the surface of the water.
British Dictionary definitions for listless


disinclined for any effort or exertion; lacking vigour, enthusiasm, or energy
Derived Forms
listlessly, adverb
listlessness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from list desire + -less
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Contemporary definitions for listless

having no inclination or spirit; characterized by unwillingingness to exert

Word Origin

Middle English list 'desire' + less's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for listless

mid-15c., from Middle English liste "pleasure, joy, delight" (see list (v.4)) + -less. Related: Listlessly; listlessness.

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listless in Technology
In functional programming, a property of a function which allows it to be combined with other functions in a way that eliminates intermediate data structures, especially lists.
Phil Wadler's thesis gives the conditions for a function to be in listless form: each input list is traversed only once, one element at a time, from left to right. Each output list is generated once, one element at a time, from left to right. No other lists are generated or traversed.
Not all functions can be expressed in listless form (e.g. reverse).
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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