Definition of languid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlaNGɡwəd/


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
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  • ‘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.
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
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  • 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.
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
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  • 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.
sickly, weak, faint, feeble, frail, delicate;
tired, weary, fatigued



Pronunciation: /ˈlaNGɡwədlē/
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.


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.


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

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Syllabification: lan·guid

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