[ list-lis ]
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  1. having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent: a listless mood;a listless handshake.

Origin of listless

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

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Other words from listless

  • list·less·ly, adverb
  • list·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use listless in a sentence

  • There was a mighty slab of black rock, which the waves lapped listlessly, at one side of the river pool.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham
  • The lady sat upon the soft divan listlessly, hardly so much as rustling her dress.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for listless


/ (ˈlɪstlɪs) /

  1. disinclined for any effort or exertion; lacking vigour, enthusiasm, or energy

Origin of listless

C15: from list desire + -less

Derived forms of listless

  • listlessly, adverb
  • listlessness, noun

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