- becoming languid, in any way.
- expressive of languor; indicating tender, sentimental melancholy: a languishing sigh.
- lingering: a languishing death.
Origin of languishing
- to be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade.
- to lose vigor and vitality.
- to undergo neglect or experience prolonged inactivity; suffer hardship and distress: to languish in prison for ten years.
- to be subjected to delay or disregard; be ignored: a petition that languished on the warden's desk for a year.
- to pine with desire or longing.
- to assume an expression of tender, sentimental melancholy.
- the act or state of languishing.
- a tender, melancholy look or expression.
Origin of languish
Examples from the Web for languishing
To this day, Tavakoli is languishing in prison for nothing more than demanding basic human rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Languishing in a prison cell in southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, 21-year-old Razie Ebrahimi awaits her date with the gallows.Iran to Hang Abused Child Bride
June 20, 2014
A former senior commander who was close to Mullah Omar, Ibrahim had been languishing in Pakistani jails for the past five years.Freed Taliban Prisoners in Pakistan and Afghanistan Return to Jihad
Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai
December 6, 2013
A year later, when I met him, he was languishing in the bureaucracy of our government.We Abandoned Them: Kirk Johnson’s Fight to Save Iraqis
John Kael Weston
September 14, 2013
A decade ago, Alber Elbaz was a designer out to prove that he had the capacity to revive the languishing house of Lanvin.Raf’s Ready-to-Wear Debut at Dior
September 28, 2012
All was languishing, and the King went away some time after.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
No fellow ever did dance so well as Tripletoe, or looked half so languishing.Is He Popenjoy?
Nearly every one of my correspondents have been lagging and languishing.Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer
Jessie Graham Flower
While the war was languishing in the North it was being carried on with vigor in the South.The Land We Live In
But for many years the church lived only a languishing life.A History of American Christianity
Leonard Woolsey Bacon
- 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
Word Origin and History for languishing
early 14c., "fail in strength, exhibit signs of approaching death," from languiss-, present participle stem of Old French languir "be listless, pine, grieve, fall ill," from Vulgar Latin *languire, from Latin languere "be weak or faint" (see lax). Weaker sense "be lovesick, grieve, lament, grow faint," is from mid-14c. Related: Languished; languishing.