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[lang-ger-uh s]
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  1. characterized by languor; languid.
  2. inducing languor: languorous fragrance.
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Origin of languorous

First recorded in 1480–90; languor + -ous
Related formslan·guor·ous·ly, adverblan·guor·ous·ness, noun
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  • On through the languorous May warmth travelled westward the long column.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • To be likened to the languorous effects of some almost stimulating drug.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • The freshness of the morning had passed and a languorous mist had fallen.

  • The air was languorous with the scent of jasmin and orange-blossoms.

  • His breath came quicker; his eyes were languorous and teasing.

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner

British Dictionary definitions for languorous


  1. characterized by or producing languor
  2. another word for languid
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Derived Formslanguorously, adverblanguorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for languorous


late 15c., "mournful," from Old French langoros (11c.), from langor (see languor). Meaning "suggestive of languor" is from 1821. Related: Languorously; languorousness.

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