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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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  • 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 smirched.
  • 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.
  • They have taken to spending hour upon hour staring into space, grunting in monosyllables, listlessly chewing carrots and brooding.
  • They lie listlessly about the outback all day, not eating or tending to fundamental hygiene.
  • It was that awkward time of the afternoon when the sun skulks listlessly over the horizon.
  • They moved about more listlessly, and were fast losing the activity and springiness they had at first shown.
British Dictionary definitions for listlessly


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 listlessly

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 listlessly



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

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