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listless

[list-lis] /ˈlɪst lɪs/
adjective
1.
having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent:
a listless mood; a listless handshake.
Origin of listless
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English lystles. See list4, -less
Related forms
listlessly, adverb
listlessness, noun
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  • Urania saw her to the hall and came back shrieking with laughter; and Cornlie also laughed, but only listlessly.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • "I should be very glad to make you a present of them, Cousin Gussie," he said, listlessly.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Emma McChesney regarded them listlessly when the nurse lifted them out of their tissue wrappings.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • "Yes—I'm very fit—thanks," Thorpe said, listlessly, and the other left him.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • At first the animal seemed indifferent, and surveyed them listlessly.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison
  • "There were," Miles replied, listlessly, and intent on his own troubles.

  • "Get yourself a new coat, if you can find one for the price," answered Faith, listlessly scrubbing a panful of turnips for dinner.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • "I think I'm not feeling very strong, Mr. Carder," she said listlessly.

    In Apple-Blossom Time Clara Louise Burnham
  • It was therefore a most mournful Loyalheart who listlessly packed a traveling bag, preparatory to the next morning's journey.

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer Jessie Graham Flower
  • But he said it so listlessly I knew he was merely trying to lie like a gentleman.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for listlessly

listless

/ˈlɪstlɪs/
adjective
1.
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
adjective

having no inclination or spirit; characterized by unwillingingness to exert

Word Origin

Middle English list 'desire' + less

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Word Origin and History for listlessly

listless

adj.

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

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