Definition of languid in US English:



  • 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’
    • ‘I'd never seen her flustered or hurried, so that her movements were always languid.’
    • ‘Two eagle rays came swimming towards us with languid grace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘That would be great,’ she said, her voice languid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beneath the languid demeanour and the aristocratic drawl was what one of his closest civil service allies called a ‘constructive ruthlessness’.’
    • ‘No wonder the fishermen on the old bridge seem so languid in their movements; they've been mesmerised by the scenery.’
    • ‘She was a beautiful woman with languid movements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Katherine was slightly alarmed by his languid movements.’
    • ‘But listen hard and you'll hear an attention to detail belied by the languid grace of Le Fumeur de Ciel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Good man,’ commented Robert, still training the barrel on the man with a languid manner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘A show about an accounting report,’ he intoned more loudly, sarcasm entering his languid voice.’
    • ‘‘I wonder how,’ a languid, distinctly male voice drawled from Kate's door, and Kate smiled.’
    • ‘Arens was in his early forties, sandy haired and had an almost languid grace.’
    • ‘Subtle movements include curving languid reaches, then tiny rises onto toes or a shift in torso played out in the individual squares.’
    • ‘The beast began to walk down the mountain, its massive form possessing a kind of languid grace.’
    relaxed, unhurried, languorous, unenergetic, lacking in energy, slow, slow-moving
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    1. 1.1 (of an occasion or period of time) pleasantly lazy and peaceful.
      ‘the terrace was perfect for languid days in the Italian sun’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘William has managed to coddle his pulsing green quarry of these long, languid days.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘We interrupt this languid Sunday afternoon for an announcement of considerable import.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tiny children sit passively by their parents, too weak and languid to play or run around, as cars flash past them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Silently they washed and dressed, feeling languid and heavy from physical exertion and lack of sleep.’
    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).