Definition of lethargic in English:



  • Affected by lethargy; sluggish and apathetic.

    ‘I felt tired and a little lethargic’
    • ‘I got very sick and I had inflammation of the brain, and I was very lethargic.’
    • ‘If you are confused, lethargic, or have a fever, someone should take you to the hospital.’
    • ‘As a result, many seemed lethargic and sluggish when it came to taking the game to Brazil in the second half.’
    • ‘However, presentations where a patient is hypo-alert and lethargic may go unrecognised.’
    • ‘I breeze through the Pilates class, where everybody else was tired and lethargic.’
    • ‘He had pneumonia and diarrhoea and was severely anaemic and lethargic.’
    • ‘Most claimed to be fully adherent only on occasions when they felt lethargic or unwell.’
    • ‘The boy was lethargic and confused but seemed to recognise his mother.’
    • ‘If we are too relaxed, we become lethargic, wasteful and languid.’
    • ‘Her health was poor, although stable, until the morning of admission, when she became disoriented and lethargic.’
    • ‘If the cat is lethargic and his coat is dull and unhealthy looking, this too may be a sign.’
    • ‘Mrs Lewis said she had felt unwell, lethargic, irritable and overweight for many years.’
    • ‘They looked tired and lethargic with absolutely none of the sparkle we have associated with them in the past.’
    • ‘While such a form of epilepsy would not feature seizures, the condition can be seen in lethargic children.’
    • ‘Its rulers could not have been that lethargic, or its diplomacy so tortuous, for it to have survived for such a long period.’
    • ‘Furthermore, filling up on fatty foods like bacon or cheese makes you tired, lethargic and apathetic.’
    • ‘Is he shaking with rigors, is he awake and alert and comfortable, or is he lethargic?’
    • ‘Over the previous two days he had been feeling increasingly tired, lethargic, polyuric, and thirsty.’
    • ‘All of us were suffering from headaches, feeling nauseated and very lethargic.’
    • ‘After seemingly endless weeks of constant commotion, they appear listless and lethargic.’
    sluggish, inert, inactive, slow, torpid, lifeless, dull
    languid, listless, lazy, idle, indolent, shiftless, slothful, phlegmatic, apathetic, passive, weary, tired, fatigued, sleepy, drowsy, enervated, somnolent, narcotic
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Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek lēthargikos, from lēthargos forgetful.