having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent: a listless mood; a listless handshake.

1400–50; late Middle English lystles. See list4, -less

listlessly, adverb
listlessness, noun Unabridged
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listless (ˈlɪstlɪs)
disinclined for any effort or exertion; lacking vigour, enthusiasm, or energy
[C15: from list desire + -less]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, from M.E. liste "pleasure, joy, delight," from O.E. lystan, from P.Gmc. *lustijanan "pleasure" (cf. Du. lusten, Ger. lüsten, O.N. lysta), from the same root as O.E. lust "desire" (see lust).
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Example sentences
Money-changers, slumped in chairs in the immigration hall, ask listlessly if
  any tourist bus is waiting to cross.
Such games as happen are played but listlessly, and each little face is
One could go on and on listlessly with this dull catalogue.
The three workers who listlessly silk-screened tank tops would have had the
  company of a dozen more laborers.
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