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  • IPA(key): /ˈlæŋ.ɡwɪd/
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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Latin languidus (faint, weak, dull, sluggish, languid).


languid (comparative more languid, superlative most languid)

  1. Lacking enthusiasm, energy, or strength; droop or flagging from weakness, fatigue, or lack of energy
    languid movements
    languid breathing
    • March 10 1753, (attributed to) Samuel Johnson, The Adventurer
      As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold.
    • 23 March 1816, Jane Austen, letter to Fanny
      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.
    • 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 21, in Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero, London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1848, OCLC 3174108:
      George had an air at once swaggering and melancholy, languid and fierce.
  2. spiritless or unenthusiastic; listless; apathetic.

(lacking strength):

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Etymology 2[edit]

Alteration of languet.


languid (plural languids)

  1. A languet in an organ (musical instrument).
    • 1913, William Horatio Clarke, 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, []


  • languid in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.