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[lang-gwid] /ˈlæŋ gwɪd/
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
First recorded in 1590-1600, languid is from the Latin word languidus faint. See languish, -id4
Related forms
languidly, adverb
languidness, noun
unlanguid, adjective
unlanguidly, adverb
unlanguidness, noun
1. inactive, inert, sluggish, torpid. 2. spiritless. 3. weak, feeble, weary, exhausted, debilitated.
1. active, energetic. 3. vigorous. Unabridged
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  • He was tall with a high hat, a fine moustache and a tailcoat; he had melancholy eyes and a languid air.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • Could this languid, blasé nobleman be the man Madeleine loved?

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Cynthia opened her languid eyes, and seeing the Duchess's dress stained with her blood, mutely drew it to her lips.

  • None of them were dull, or languid, or dim-eyed this morning.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Mr. Calhoun handed her to a chair, where she began to use her languid but effective fan.

    54-40 or Fight Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for languid


without energy or spirit
without interest or enthusiasm
sluggish; inactive
Derived Forms
languidly, adverb
languidness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin languidus, from languēre to languish
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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