1. lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow: a languid manner.
  2. lacking in spirit or interest; listless; indifferent.
  3. drooping or flagging from weakness or fatigue; faint.


  1. without energy or spirit
  2. without interest or enthusiasm
  3. sluggish; inactive

adj.1590s, from Middle French languide (16c.) and directly from Latin languidus “faint, listless,” from languere “be weak or faint,” from PIE root *(s)leg- “to be slack” (see lax). Related: Languidly; languidness.

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