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[luh-thahr-jik] /ləˈθɑr dʒɪk/
of, relating to, or affected with lethargy; drowsy; sluggish; apathetic.
producing lethargy:
The lethargic heat and humidity of the day made me want to do nothing but nap.
Also, lethargical.
Origin of lethargic
1350-1400; < Latin lēthargicus < Greek lēthargikós; replacing Middle English litargik < Medieval Latin litargicus (see lethargy, -ic)
Related forms
lethargically, adverb
hyperlethargic, adjective
nonlethargic, adjective
nonlethargical, adjective
nonlethargically, adverb
unlethargic, adjective
unlethargical, adjective
unlethargically, adverb
1. lazy, indolent, torpid. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for lethargically
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  • While she sat there she was always thinking, but vaguely, slowly, lethargically.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The road lay before him long and bare, and lethargically he took it.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • “But I got the boat off in time,” Eve repeated, lethargically.

    Jupiter Lights Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • lethargically and nonchalantly we drew away from the restaurant.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • lethargically he got up, put a coal or two on the fire, and went down to change.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • On his face, in mild degree, was depicted sensuous pleasure as he lethargically scratched his ribs with his one hand.

    The Red One Jack London
  • The young librarian did so, lethargically, and the lady and the Prophet began to move slowly into the street.

  • The applause continued persistently, but, so at least it must have seemed to English ears, lethargically.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
Word Origin and History for lethargically



late 14c., litargik, from Latin lethargicus "affected with lethargy," from Greek lethargikos, from lethargos (see lethargy). Related: Lethargically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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