[lang-ger-uh s]


characterized by languor; languid.
inducing languor: languorous fragrance.

Origin of languorous

First recorded in 1480–90; languor + -ous
Related formslan·guor·ous·ly, adverblan·guor·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of languorously

  • He bunches himself up tightly, one leg entwined over the other, with the crossed leg dangling, limply, languorously.

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Historical Examples of languorously

  • "I am in an awfully nice bar in Maritzburg," she told him languorously.


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  • "Much pleasanter where we are," said Miss Holmes, languorously.

  • Languorously she leaned back among the cushions of the sofa.

  • "Bad advice," commented the girl, her hazel eyes gazing dreamily, languorously into the distance.

  • Once when the wind was soft and scented I heard the south calling, and sailed endlessly and languorously under strange stars.

British Dictionary definitions for languorously



characterized by or producing languor
another word for languid
Derived Formslanguorously, adverblanguorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for languorously



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper