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[list-lis] /ˈlɪst lɪs/
adjective
1.
having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent:
a listless mood; a listless handshake.
Origin of listless
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, listless is from the late Middle English word lystles. See list4, -less
Related forms
listlessly, adverb
listlessness, noun
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  • Urania saw her to the hall and came back shrieking with laughter; and Cornlie also laughed, but only listlessly.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • But he said it so listlessly I knew he was merely trying to lie like a gentleman.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • Emma McChesney regarded them listlessly when the nurse lifted them out of their tissue wrappings.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • listlessly I put my hand in hers, and clasped her fingers gently.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • At first the animal seemed indifferent, and surveyed them listlessly.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison
  • "I've taken enough of the beastly stuff," answered Don listlessly.

    Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "Get yourself a new coat, if you can find one for the price," answered Faith, listlessly scrubbing a panful of turnips for dinner.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • "I should be very glad to make you a present of them, Cousin Gussie," he said, listlessly.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was therefore a most mournful Loyalheart who listlessly packed a traveling bag, preparatory to the next morning's journey.

    Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer Jessie Graham Flower
  • "Yes—I'm very fit—thanks," Thorpe said, listlessly, and the other left him.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for listlessly

listless

/ˈlɪstlɪs/
adjective
1.
disinclined for any effort or exertion; lacking vigour, enthusiasm, or energy
Derived Forms
listlessly, adverb
listlessness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from list desire + -less
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Contemporary definitions for listlessly
noun

a school of literary criticism in search of innate patterns of human behavior; a manner of looking at a literary text keeping in mind that humans behave in certain universal ways

Examples

Literary Darwinists look at child bearing and rearing, efforts to acquire resources (money, property, influence) and competition and cooperation within families and communities.

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Word Origin and History for listlessly

listless

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle English liste "pleasure, joy, delight" (see list (v.4)) + -less. Related: Listlessly; listlessness.

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