[ luh-thahr-jik ]
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  1. of, relating to, or affected with lethargy; drowsy; sluggish; apathetic.

  2. producing lethargy: The lethargic heat and humidity of the day made me want to do nothing but nap.

Origin of lethargic

First recorded in 1350–1400; from Latin lēthargicus, from Greek lēthargikós; replacing Middle English litargik, from Medieval Latin litargicus (see lethargy, -ic)
  • Rarely le·thar·gi·cal .

Other words for lethargic

Other words from lethargic

  • le·thar·gi·cal·ly, adverb
  • hy·per·le·thar·gic, adjective
  • non·le·thar·gic, adjective
  • non·le·thar·gi·cal, adjective
  • non·le·thar·gi·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·le·thar·gic, adjective
  • un·le·thar·gi·cal, adjective
  • un·le·thar·gi·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use lethargic in a sentence

  • Eventually the cold-blooded things fed, and dragged lethargically out of the cave in the direction of the pit.

  • The road lay before him long and bare, and lethargically he took it.

    The Man Who Was Good | Leonard Merrick
  • “But I got the boat off in time,” Eve repeated, lethargically.

    Jupiter Lights | Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Lethargically and nonchalantly we drew away from the restaurant.

    Caught by the Turks | Francis Yeats-Brown
  • The applause continued persistently, but, so at least it must have seemed to English ears, lethargically.

    The Way of Ambition | Robert Hichens