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.

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

Synonyms for languid

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

Antonyms for languid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for languidly

Contemporary Examples of languidly

Historical Examples of languidly

  • Languidly he listened to the words that floated over the people, and held them mute.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • "I don't think that can be so," Thorpe reasoned, languidly, from his corner.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • "I must say he has made haste," said Lady Lackington, languidly.

  • "I have no curiosity in the matter," said Maitland, languidly.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • "You 'll see enough, perhaps too many such," said the Count, languidly.

British Dictionary definitions for languidly



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 languidly



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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