languor

[lang-ger]

noun

lack of energy or vitality; sluggishness.
lack of spirit or interest; listlessness; stagnation.
physical weakness or faintness.
emotional softness or tenderness.

Nearby words

  1. languette,
  2. languid,
  3. languish,
  4. languishing,
  5. languishment,
  6. languorous,
  7. languorously,
  8. langur,
  9. lani-,
  10. laniakea

Origin of languor

1250–1300; < Latin (see languish, -or1); replacing Middle English langour sickness, woe < Old French < Latin

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British Dictionary definitions for languor

languor

noun

physical or mental laziness or weariness
a feeling of dreaminess and relaxation
oppressive silence or stillness

Word Origin for languor

C14 langour, via Old French from Latin languor, from languēre to languish; the modern spelling is directly from Latin

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Word Origin and History for languor

languor

n.

c.1300, "disease, distress, mental suffering," from Old French langor "sickness, weakness" (Modern French langueur), from Latin languorem (nominative languor) "faintness, feebleness, lassitude," from languere "be weak or faint" (see lax). Sense shifted to "faintness, weariness" (1650s) and "habitual want of energy" (1825).

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