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[lang-ger-uh s] /ˈlæŋ gər əs/
characterized by languor; languid.
inducing languor:
languorous fragrance.
Origin of languorous
First recorded in 1480-90; languor + -ous
Related forms
languorously, adverb
languorousness, noun Unabridged
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  • Bright eyes were languorous and spoke, voices sank to silence.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The air was languorous with the scent of jasmin and orange-blossoms.

  • A light breeze sighed among the branches, swaying them in languorous rhythm, rustling them in soft and ceaseless whisperings.

    In Old Kentucky Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
  • And that he admired his own languorous ways there is no doubt.

  • A hot and languorous day in August saw the great battle of redskins and palefaces.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • The air, which should have been full of the twittering of birds, was heavy and languorous.

    The Sleeping Beauty C. S. Evans
  • To be likened to the languorous effects of some almost stimulating drug.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Warmer grew the air with a languorous, permeating fragrance.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • It was as though the heated earth panted for breath; no evening breeze stirred the leaves; the air was heavy and languorous.

    Mrs. Thompson William Babington Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for languorous


characterized by or producing languor
another word for languid
Derived Forms
languorously, adverb
languorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for languorous

late 15c., "mournful," from Old French langoros (11c.), from langor (see languor). Meaning "suggestive of languor" is from 1821. Related: Languorously; languorousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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