Definition of languid in English:



  • 1(of a person, manner, or gesture) having or showing a disinclination for physical exertion or effort.

    ‘his languid demeanour irritated her’
    • ‘Subtle movements include curving languid reaches, then tiny rises onto toes or a shift in torso played out in the individual squares.’
    • ‘We discussed the similarities between the movements of a dancer to the movement of a mobile, such as the fact that both have languid, free-flowing movement.’
    • ‘Even at the age of 42, the outlines of an athlete are plainly visible in the leanness of his frame, the gaunt sharpness of his features and the languid flow of his movement.’
    • ‘Katherine was slightly alarmed by his languid movements.’
    • ‘‘A show about an accounting report,’ he intoned more loudly, sarcasm entering his languid voice.’
    • ‘She was a beautiful woman with languid movements.’
    • ‘Beneath the languid demeanour and the aristocratic drawl was what one of his closest civil service allies called a ‘constructive ruthlessness’.’
    • ‘‘That would be great,’ she said, her voice languid.’
    • ‘‘I wonder how,’ a languid, distinctly male voice drawled from Kate's door, and Kate smiled.’
    • ‘No wonder the fishermen on the old bridge seem so languid in their movements; they've been mesmerised by the scenery.’
    • ‘‘Good man,’ commented Robert, still training the barrel on the man with a languid manner.’
    • ‘The people who moved in the languid yet haughty movements of the ‘proper’ dances of the day seemed like ghosts to her, ghosts from a world which she did not know.’
    • ‘But listen hard and you'll hear an attention to detail belied by the languid grace of Le Fumeur de Ciel.’
    • ‘The beast began to walk down the mountain, its massive form possessing a kind of languid grace.’
    • ‘I'd never seen her flustered or hurried, so that her movements were always languid.’
    • ‘Even if I had not been able to spot Gerald in the throng of gentlemen, his languid grace on the ballroom floor revealed his identity.’
    • ‘Two eagle rays came swimming towards us with languid grace.’
    • ‘Arens was in his early forties, sandy haired and had an almost languid grace.’
    • ‘Nothing in his languid, arm-over-the-back-of-the-chair demeanour suggests that he moves with the lightness of a gazelle or handles a rugby ball so well that it appears at times to be soldered to the palm of his hand.’
    • ‘He was educated, he tells us, at expensive private schools, speaks with a languid upper-class voice, lives in a very nice house and has a semi-dormant baronetcy.’
    relaxed, unhurried, languorous, unenergetic, lacking in energy, slow, slow-moving
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    1. 1.1 (of a period of time) relaxed and peaceful.
      ‘the terrace was perfect for languid days in the Italian sun’
      • ‘We interrupt this languid Sunday afternoon for an announcement of considerable import.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘William has managed to coddle his pulsing green quarry of these long, languid days.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed, the characterization and dramatics play out like the languid day on a calm blue waterway.’
      • ‘On a languid day, maybe a half-dozen little boys or girls would stop in with enough change for an orange soda or maybe just a piece of bubble gum, and Connie would read them a story or show them a story-video as an extra treat.’
      • ‘Time is of small importance when there's a tale to be told, a pint of tar-black stout to be enjoyed and a languid holiday cruising the rivers and lakes of this enchanting isle.’
      • ‘But aside from esoteric views on what may or may not have been a languid past few years in music the question still remains as to whether the next few will see a worthwhile scene or not.’
      • ‘It's a great place for a languid weekend breakfast and an even better spot to peer over the top of a nicely constructed Martini at a nicely constructed companion.’
      • ‘I always associate Latin American music with languid days and sunshine.’
      • ‘Cobalt lagoons, whispering palms and long, languid days above and below the waves make it one of the best kept secrets in the South Pacific’
      • ‘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, peaceful, languorous, relaxed, restful, lazy
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  • 2Weak or faint from illness or fatigue.

    ‘she was pale, languid, and weak, as if she had delivered a child’
    • ‘Silently they washed and dressed, feeling languid and heavy from physical exertion and lack of sleep.’
    • ‘She finally stood up, straightening her dress, as her boyfriend propped his weary, languid body up on his elbows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you have sufficient physical energy but are feeling dull and languid, you need a movement pattern with some creative fire to spark your life force.’
    sickly, weak, faint, feeble, frail, delicate, debilitated, flagging, drooping
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Late 16th century (in languid (sense 2)): from French languide or Latin languidus, from languere (see languish).