- lack of energy or vitality; sluggishness.
- lack of spirit or interest; listlessness; stagnation.
- physical weakness or faintness.
- emotional softness or tenderness.
Origin of languor
Related Words for languorinactivity, tiredness, torpor, apathy, weakness, laziness, idleness, listlessness, fatigue, dullness, inaction
Examples from the Web for languor
Historical Examples of languor
Outside the door of the anaesthetizing-room Miss Harrison's languor vanished.
Under her mask of languor, Carlotta's heart was beating wildly.
Moderation is the languor and sloth of the soul, Ambition its activity and heat.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
"I think I will go in," says Charlotte, with a pretence of languor.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
No languor, no dull headache, no exhaustion, follows your experience.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- physical or mental laziness or weariness
- a feeling of dreaminess and relaxation
- oppressive silence or stillness
Word Origin for languor
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).