Languid is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of languid, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - lacking spirit or liveliness
EXAMPLES - Languid in a Sentence
- Nor did the mate prove a first aid to a languid appetite. (source)
- Newsweek's Adam Kushner calls Lieberman's address "languid," (source)
- There seemed no flies to vex him and he was languid with rest. (source)
- I'm kind o 'languid, with all night in an' nothin 'to do but sit around. (source)
- Even in languid humid climes it is the season of matings and revolutions. (source)
- Q: That's why your pace is so languid -- that's "languid" instead of "slow." (source)
- Their look, still mostly made in France, was looser, more languid, kimono-ish. (source)
- (*) For those scoring at home, Peter Drury did indeed call him "languid" upon the (source)
- The long, languid evenings of summer mark a good time to begin this new age of less. (source)
- It evokes the sea, languid interludes, mellow serenades and variously enticing Mediterranean dances. (source)
- After a backbench query about the AV referendum, Bercow rose up again and called another languid halt. (source)
- In round one, Blair was as languid as Dirk Bogarde; he was more like Daniel Day-Lewis second time round. (source)
- He was a tall, lean, slack-jointed individual, and his walk, like his talk, was a smooth and languid drawl. (source)
- Consider its posture on a languid, sun-drenched Thursday afternoon, as you work your way home up the parkway. (source)
- The city is buzzing with a kind of languid optimism and I'm thinking that perhaps such weather could last forever. (source)
- One challenge for profits this year remains the languid job market and its implications for future consumer spending. (source)
- The breakers were not large enough to be exciting, and the last languid surf-boarders and canoeists had gone in to shore. (source)
- Hindi has already drawn comparisons with Billie Holiday; there are parallels, too, to the languid prettiness of Norah Jones. (source)
- To take just the most famous example, the Pet Shop Boys became a huge success by inserting a languid cynicism into peppy dance tunes. (source)
- Raoul looked into the Goat Man's eyes, but saw nothing save languid uninterest as the precious quart of water was wasted on the ground. (source)
- There's an entire world that opens up in the beautifully languid stroll described in one of the band's finest songs ever, "On Main Street." (source)
- Showtime's commentators were all over Peter for being "languid," but never at any point did they say what Peter could do to rectify his situation. (source)
- He walked some turns backwards and forwards in his room; he recalled the languid form of the fainting wretch to his mind; he wept at the recollection of her tears. (source)
- Tired and languid from the morning in the sun, she found herself thrilling to his touch and half-dreamily deciding that here was a man she could love, hands and all. (source)
- I find it interesting that the review says the first half was 'languid' - I thought it was rushed and choppy .. the romance is more assumed than shown, which was too bad. (source)
- Sometimes the languid sea rose over him and he dreamed long dreams; but ever through it all, waking and dreaming, he waited for the wheezing breath and the harsh caress of the tongue. (source)
- All six books tell great stories about unique characters; evoke vernal landscapes of abundant, lush growth or of hot and dusty cobblestones, or of languid humidity; and end with a bang. (source)
- Productivity, he explained, is "languid" in construction, so the decline of building as a share of the economy in recent quarters "is certainly going to be positive for productivity" on average. (source)
- a pair of fashionable eye-glasses, and looking at the two men in a kind of languid perplexity, intended, as Darrell immediately said to himself, merely to prolong the moment and the effect of her entry. (source)
- When the big moment had arrived to bring out the cake and all the other children were rushing the table, forks and plates in hands, Sarah was curled up on the couch in the living room, languid and flushed. (source)
- They might work: but the vanity of spiritual perfection was tempted to disdain the exercise of manual labor; and the industry must be faint and languid, which is not excited by the sense of personal interest. (source)
- Came a beautiful fall day, warm and languid, palpitant with the hush of the changing season, a California Indian summer day, with hazy sun and wandering wisps of breeze that did not stir the slumber of the air. (source)
- It wasn't that he held his head higher than Mr. Dunbar, or that he was better dressed -- for Mr. Dunbar's clothes looked the newest and best; but he had a kind of languid don't-careish way that seems to be peculiar to first-class gentlemen. ' (source)
- The Electro-Magnetic Poetry screen saver $29.95, 800-370-7697) allows even the least articulate techie to click on floating words ( "languid," "sausage," "goddess," "shine" - 2,000 in all) and drag them into a corral to create an instant poem. (source)
- While I prepared for this important evacuation, there came into the cabin a young man gaily dressed, of a very delicate complexion with a kind of languid smile on his face: which seemed to have been rendered habitual by a long course of affectation. (source)
- I once mentioned a little saweiety sheet, published in New York, under the title of Town Topics, because it afforded me a kind of languid pleasure to kick the feculent sewer-rat back into the foul cloaca from which it had crawled to beslime the ICONOCLAST. (source)
- The elder Pocock, known as Pocock I., has been described as follows: ` A long, lean head, semicircled by a fringe of brown and gray hair, with big cheek-bones and a heavy chin, ... a pale face, lustreless gray eyes, a metallic voice, and a languid manner. ' (source)
- There were actually several times that I believed I recognized a song from their record as the lazy, languid chords strummed in, but thirty seconds later I would realize it was actually something else, and must have been a new song, albeit with startlingly similar chords. (source)
- After that, and always, he looked upon the face of nature with a more seeing eye, learning a delight of his own in surveying the serried ranks of the upstanding ranges, and in slow contemplation of the purple summer mists that haunted the languid creases of the distant hills. (source)
- But mind, before I begin, I don't do so out of despair ever to see you again, because I trust steadfastly to your kindness to come again when you are not 'languid' and I am alone as usual; only that I dare not keep back from you any longer the following message of Miss Mitford. (source)
- On this second occasion he had sent for him evidently not as a judge, but partly with a view to try to get a bribe out of him, and partly because he had some kind of languid interest, as most Romans then had, in Oriental thought -- some languid interest perhaps too in this strange man. (source)
- There were still plenty of touching dramas of childhood and loss, languid paeans to family (hint: "languid" means "half-hour tracking shots of Serbian countryside"), and stinging indictments of people who think moviemakers are dweebs, but I wasn't forced into a kind of Russian roulette ("this film has a one in six chance of being even more languid than Tarkovsky") and could avoid them at whim. (source)
- The picture is full of magic; and the colour is truly a spirit dwelling on things and making them expressive to the spirit, for the delicate tones of grey, and green, and violet seem to convey to us the idea of languid sleep, and even the hawthorn-blossoms have lost their wonted brightness, and are more like the pale moonlight to which Shelley compared them, than the sheet of summer snow we see now in our English fields. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 59.0, which suggests that "languid" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 44 synonyms for languid.
apathetic, blah, blahs, comatose, dopey, easy, energyless, enervated, faint, feeble, heavy, impassive, inactive, indifferent, inert, infirm, lackadaisical, laid-back, languishing, languorous, lazy, leaden, leisurely, lethargic, limp, moony, nebbish, phlegmatic, pining, sickly, sleepyhead, slow, sluggish, snoozy, spiritless, supine, torpid, unconcerned, unenthusiastic, unhurried, uninterested, weak, weary, wimpy
We have 9 antonyms for languid.
active, alert, animated, energetic, hard-working, hurried, lively, spirited, vivacious
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of languid from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Lacking energy or vitality; weak: a languid wave of the hand.
- (adjective) Showing little or no spirit or animation; listless: a languid mood.
- (adjective) Lacking vigor or force; slow: languid breezes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Lacking enthusiasm, energy, or strength; drooping or flagging from weakness, fatigue, or lack of energy; indisposed to exertion; sluggish; relaxed: as, languid movements; languid breathing.
- (adjective) Heavy; dull; dragging; wanting spirit or animation; listless; apathetic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Drooping or flagging from exhaustion; indisposed to exertion; without animation; weak; weary; heavy; dull.
- (adjective) Slow in progress; tardy.
- (adjective) Promoting or indicating weakness or heaviness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Drooping or flagging from weakness, fatigue, or lack of energy; indisposed to exertion; sluggish; relaxed: as, languid movements; languid breathing.
- (None) Hence, in general
- (None) Heavy; dull; dragging; wanting spirit or animation; listless; apathetic.
- (None) Synonyms Faint, weary, exhausted.
- (None) Supine, spiritless, torpid, slow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) lacking spirit or liveliness