listless

[ list-lis ]
/ ˈlɪst lɪs /

adjective

having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent: a listless mood; a listless handshake.

Nearby words

  1. listerism,
  2. listerize,
  3. listicle,
  4. listing,
  5. listing's law,
  6. listlessly,
  7. liston,
  8. lists,
  9. listserv,
  10. liszt

Origin of listless

First recorded in 1400–50, listless is from the late Middle English word lystles. See list4, -less

Related formslist·less·ly, adverblist·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for listless

listless

/ (ˈlɪstlɪs) /

adjective

disinclined for any effort or exertion; lacking vigour, enthusiasm, or energy
Derived Formslistlessly, adverblistlessness, noun

Word Origin for listless

C15: from list desire + -less

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Word Origin and History for listless

listless

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle English liste "pleasure, joy, delight" (see list (v.4)) + -less. Related: Listlessly; listlessness.

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