[ list-lis ]
/ ˈlɪst lɪs /


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

Related forms

list·less·ly, adverblist·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for listlessly


/ (ˈlɪstlɪs) /


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

Derived Forms

listlessly, adverblistlessness, noun

Word Origin for listless

C15: from list desire + -less
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