- lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow: a languid manner.
- lacking in spirit or interest; listless; indifferent.
- drooping or flagging from weakness or fatigue; faint.
Origin of languid
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Examples from the Web for languid
All night long they struggle; nobody knows the name of the harsh light that keeps slowly opening like a languid fruit.In Chile, Poetry Outlives the Dictators
October 27, 2014
In or out of uniform his motion is languid, his voice relaxed and mellifluous, his movements deliberate, confident.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
He was more finely bred than any American she had met, with his bone-china accent, willowy height and languid wit.Tallulah Bankhead: Gay, Drunk and Liberated in an Era of Excess Art
January 25, 2014
Though his motion was languid, the ball seemed to explode off his fingertips, to gather speed as it crossed the diamond.Good Glove, No Hit
September 9, 2011
By that he means, and I soon discovered, that the pacing is languid and perfectly in keeping with real police procedure.The Original Stieg Larsson
July 27, 2010
Her applause was not languid applause, neither was it without discrimination.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Mrs. Beaufort, languid and afflicted with headache, said little.Night and Morning, Complete
But this languid century was to close with a tremendous explosion.
She lifted a deep, languid glance upon me and shook her head.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
With a languid movement she eked out the thought that was in her.
- without energy or spirit
- without interest or enthusiasm
- sluggish; inactive
Word Origin and History for languid
1590s, from Middle French languide (16c.) and directly from Latin languidus "faint, listless," from languere "be weak or faint," from PIE root *(s)leg- "to be slack" (see lax). Related: Languidly; languidness.