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See also: lànguid



  • 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; drooping or flagging from weakness, fatigue, or lack of energy
    languid movements
    languid breathing
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jonathan Swift
      As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold.
    • (Can we date this quote?) 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.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Alteration of languet.


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, []


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