Word of the Day – Languid

Word of the Day : October 3, 2022


adjective LANG-gwid

What It Means

  • Languid means “showing or having very little strength, energy, or activity.” It is generally used in formal and literary contexts.
  • // The trial proceeded at a languid pace as each attorney called up a whole roster of witnesses to testify.
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LANGUID In Context

“Wölffer’s rosés—the company now has eight varieties—have become a fixture at backyard parties and beach picnics, a symbol of languid days on Long Island’s South Fork.” — Alex Williams, The New York Times, 27 June 2022

Did You Know?

Lack, lack, lack. Languid is all about lack. Depending on its context, the word can suggest a lack of strength, lack of energy, or lack of activity. The lack-of-strength sense of languid describes the kind of sluggishness that often results from fatigue or weakness, as in “the illness left her feeling languid.” The lack-of-energy sense is synonymous with listless, and often describes someone’s character or disposition as a result of dissatisfaction or sadness. Lastly, there’s the lack-of-activity sense of languid, as in “investors are worried about the languid stock market.” So languid is a total bummer, right? Not so (ahem) fast! Sometimes it’s a good thing to dillydally, and languid has also long been used to describe stretches of time—think afternoons, days, summers, etc.—that are relatively and perhaps pleasantly chill.