[ lang-gwish ]
/ ˈlæŋ gwɪʃ /

verb (used without object)


the act or state of languishing.
a tender, melancholy look or expression.

Origin of languish

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French languiss-, long stem of languirLatin languēre to languish; akin to laxus lax; see -ish2


lan·guish·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for languish

/ (ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ) /

verb (intr)

to lose or diminish in strength or energy
(often foll by for) to be listless with desire; pine
to suffer deprivation, hardship, or neglectto languish in prison
to put on a tender, nostalgic, or melancholic expression

Derived forms of languish

languishing, adjectivelanguishingly, adverblanguishment, noun

Word Origin for languish

C14 languishen, from Old French languiss-, stem of languir, ultimately from Latin languēre
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