languid

[lang-gwid]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. langue de chat,
  2. languedoc,
  3. languedoc-roussillon,
  4. languet,
  5. languette,
  6. languish,
  7. languishing,
  8. languishment,
  9. languor,
  10. languorous

Origin of languid

First recorded in 1590–1600, languid is from the Latin word languidus faint. See languish, -id4

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British Dictionary definitions for languid

languid

adjective

without energy or spirit
without interest or enthusiasm
sluggish; inactive
Derived Formslanguidly, adverblanguidness, noun

Word Origin for languid

C16: from Latin languidus, from languēre to languish

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Word Origin and History for languid

languid

adj.

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.

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