Definition of languid in English:

languid

Syllabification: lan·guid
Pronunciation: /ˈlaNGɡwəd
 
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adjective

1(Of a person, manner, or gesture) displaying or having a disinclination for physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed: they turned with languid movements from back to front so as to tan evenly
More example sentences
  • ‘Good man,’ commented Robert, still training the barrel on the man with a languid manner.
  • But listen hard and you'll hear an attention to detail belied by the languid grace of Le Fumeur de Ciel.
  • Arens was in his early forties, sandy haired and had an almost languid grace.
Synonyms
relaxed, unhurried, languorous, slow;
listless, lethargic, sluggish, lazy, idle, indolent, apathetic
informal laid-back
1.1(Of an occasion or period of time) pleasantly lazy and peaceful: the terrace was perfect for languid days in the Italian sun
More example sentences
  • Summer's here… and it's time for those long, lazy, languid days, filled with nothing more demanding than cool dips in the pool, cooler drinks and perhaps some daydreaming.
  • In the hotel's 11-acre palm-fringed ground mynah birds chatter, chipmunks dart about and the rhythmic crashing of the ocean waves harmonises the languid days.
  • One day Korea may well reunify, and the journey from Seoul to Pyongyang will be a languid day trip taken by families carrying picnic baskets filled with kimchi.
Synonyms
leisurely, languorous, relaxed, restful, lazy
2Weak or faint from illness or fatigue: she was pale, languid, and weak, as if she had delivered a child
More example sentences
  • Tiny children sit passively by their parents, too weak and languid to play or run around, as cars flash past them.
  • It works on the principle that there are basically four different physical states of being: fatigued, tense, languid, and dynamic.
  • She finally stood up, straightening her dress, as her boyfriend propped his weary, languid body up on his elbows.
Synonyms
sickly, weak, faint, feeble, frail, delicate;
tired, weary, fatigued

Origin

late 16th century (sense 2): from French languide or Latin languidus, from languere (see languish).

Derivatives

languidly

adverb
More example sentences
  • He swayed through gaps languidly, gliding into space.
  • The days are spent writing music, swimming and reading while Dominic works in his studio, the evenings spent languidly in his arms in the warm evening air.
  • He is still a charming talker who looks you straight in the eye as he languidly spins out his stories about growing up in Mexico, which he considers his spiritual home.

languidness

noun
More example sentences
  • We meet in Soho, in a tall, skinny office just large enough to accommodate his 6ft 2ins of long-limbed languidness.
  • I think that, growing up in a culture where every second of screen-time has to be justified or is cut, something about that languidness unsettles me.
  • The detective's languidness and characteristic dress, the male formal attire dissembled slightly for the rain-slicked street, has produced its own markers of the urbane, even if drawn from Casablanca rather than Los Angeles.

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