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[lang-ger-uh s] /ˈlæŋ gər əs/
characterized by languor; languid.
inducing languor:
languorous fragrance.
Origin of languorous
1480-90; languor + -ous
Related forms
languorously, adverb
languorousness, noun Unabridged
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  • I was as if cast in lead, whilst more and more slowly she approached me, so languorously mocking.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • "Bad advice," commented the girl, her hazel eyes gazing dreamily, languorously into the distance.

  • "I am in an awfully nice bar in Maritzburg," she told him languorously.

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
  • Once when the wind was soft and scented I heard the south calling, and sailed endlessly and languorously under strange stars.

    Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • The Phryne in hunting green is down again, languorously dropping her green kirtle.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • languorously she lay against his breast, and her red lips parted in a smile that maddened him.

  • languorously she leaned back among the cushions of the sofa.

    The Title Market Emily Post
  • Almost, with its tones, she could see the languorously uplifted eyes, the provoking little gesture of fan at lips.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • The dance was languorously sad, palely gay, a thing half asleep, veiled.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
British Dictionary definitions for languorously


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



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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