Word of the Day Archive
Sunday July 25, 1999
listless \LIST-lis\ , adjective:
Having no desire or inclination; indifferent; heedless; spiritless.
--LISTLESSLY, adverb -- LISTLESSNESS, noun
I was listless, and desponding.
If you appear downcast or depressed, or are unresponsive to the interviewer's questions or listless in your approach, you will rule yourself out of consideration for that job.
-- "Good first impressions vital in interviews", Chicago Sun-Times, May 2, 1999
He [Chrétien] hasn't suddenly become inarticulate, listless and unfit to govern, as some commentators are suggesting."
-- "Chrétien's slump", Toronto Star, November 4, 1998
Later his frustration deepened, and in the middle of a listless poetry reading in Moscow, he growled at Franklin Reeve, his American interpreter, 'What the hell am I going to do here anyway if I don't get to see Khrushchev?
-- "Robert Frost's Last Adventure", New York Times, June 11, 1972
Listless is from Middle English listles, from liste (see entry for list), desire + -les, -less.