• IPA: /ˈlæŋ.ɡwɪd/


  1. Lacking enthusiasm, energy, or strength; drooping or flagging from weakness, fatigue, or lack of energy
    languid movements
    languid breathing
    • Jonathan Swift
      As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold.
    • Jane Austen
      I was languid and dull and very bad company when I wrote the above; I am better now, to my own feelings at least, and wish I may be more agreeable.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 21:
      George had an air at once swaggering and melancholy, languid and fierce.
  2. Heavy; dull; dragging; wanting spirit or animation; listless; apathetic.
    • 1894, George du Maurier, “Part First”, in Trilby: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, OCLC 174215199 ↗, pages 11–12 ↗:
      His thick, heavy, languid, lustreless black hair fell down behind his ears on to his shoulders, in that musicianlike way that is so offensive to the normal Englishman.
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  • Russian: безжи́зненный

languid (plural languids)

  1. A languet in an organ musical instrument.
    • 1913, Standard Organ Building, page 150:
      As may be required, a small hole is bored in either of the languids, or in the back of the pipe in the space between the two languids. By this means, in addition to the current of air passing between the languids and the lower lip, […]

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