languid

[lang-gwid]
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adjective
  1. lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow: a languid manner.
  2. lacking in spirit or interest; listless; indifferent.
  3. drooping or flagging from weakness or fatigue; faint.

Origin of languid

First recorded in 1590–1600, languid is from the Latin word languidus faint. See languish, -id4
Related formslan·guid·ly, adverblan·guid·ness, nounun·lan·guid, adjectiveun·lan·guid·ly, adverbun·lan·guid·ness, noun

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1. inactive, inert, sluggish, torpid. 2. spiritless. 3. weak, feeble, weary, exhausted, debilitated.

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languid

adjective
  1. without energy or spirit
  2. without interest or enthusiasm
  3. 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
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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