Definition of languor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlaNG(ɡ)ər/


1The state or feeling, often pleasant, of tiredness or inertia: he remembered the languor and warm happiness of those golden afternoons
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  • The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth - going lightly dressed, swimming in balmy seas at dusk, talking and drinking under the stars - are just as appealing.
  • There's an enormous tension between indolence and languor.
  • The windswept Yorkshire hills, the terraced houses, dappled woods and shadowy interiors, help convey a warm summer languor.
lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, torpor, fatigue, weariness, sleepiness, drowsiness;
laziness, idleness, indolence, inertia, sluggishness, apathy
2An oppressive stillness of the air: the afternoon was hot, quiet, and heavy with languor
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  • The sea breezes, the tropical languor, that old susegad, had conspired to make Goa an oriental fleshpot.
  • Sometimes both the languor and the silence are overdone.
  • Everything seems to billow, there are clouds of this and drifts of that, totally in harmony with the languor of a drowsy summer day.
stillness, tranquility, calm, calmness;
oppressiveness, heaviness



Pronunciation: /ˈlaNG(ɡ)(ə)rəs/
Example sentences
  • Leisure conspired with the languorous climate to the spinning of dreams.
  • It's so much easier to be languorous and inactive when it's hot.
  • For the last two years, it has been conducted with much fanfare in a carnival atmosphere, and it has attracted young people unlikely to be otherwise interested in the leisurely, and apparently languorous, world of cricket.


Pronunciation: /ˈlaNG(ɡ)(ə)rəslē/
Example sentences
  • A no-frills bible of basic cooking, but not an idiot's guide, which makes the most of budget-priced food to wolf down rather than linger languorously over the flavours.
  • Just ahead, several yellow-headed vultures formed a mourning party, and as we got closer, they flapped languorously into the air.
  • Brushing away the crumbs left behind from my feast, stretching languorously as I look about my surroundings, I see doors that lead to places unknown.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin, from languere (see languish). The original sense was 'illness, disease, distress', later 'faintness, lassitude'; current senses date from the 18th century, when such lassitude became associated with a sometimes rather self-indulgent romantic yearning.

Words that rhyme with languor

anger, clangour (US clangor), Katanga, manga, panga, sangar, tanga, Tauranga, Zamboanga

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Syllabification: lan·guor

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