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Webster 1913 Edition


Languid

Lan′guid

,
Adj.
[L.
languidus
, fr.
languere
to be faint or languid: cf. F.
languide
. See
Languish
.]
1.
Drooping or flagging from exhaustion; indisposed to exertion; without animation; weak; weary; heavy; dull.
Languid, powerless limbs. ”
Armstrong.
Fire their
languid
souls with Cato’s virtue.
Addison.
2.
Slow in progress; tardy.
“ No motion so swift or languid.”
Bentley.
3.
Promoting or indicating weakness or heaviness;
as, a
languid
day
.
Feebly she laugheth in the
languid
moon.
Keats.
Lan′guid-ly
,
adv.
Lan′guid-ness
,
Noun.

Webster 1828 Edition


Languid

LAN'GUID

,
Adj.
[L. languidus, from langueo, to droop or flag. See Languish.]
1.
Flagging; drooping; hence, feeble; weak; heavy; dull; indisposed to exertion. The body is languid after excessive action, which exhausts its powers.
2.
Slow; as languid motion.
3.
Dull; heartless; without animation.
And fire their languid soul with Cato's virtue.

Definition 2021


languid

languid

See also: lànguid

English

Adjective

languid (comparative more languid, superlative most languid)

  1. Lacking enthusiasm, energy, or strength; drooping or flagging from weakness, fatigue, or lack of energy; indisposed to exertion; sluggish; relaxed: as, 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.
  2. Heavy; dull; dragging; wanting spirit or animation; listless; apathetic.
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Etymology 2

Alteration of languet.

Noun

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, []

References

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

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