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  • he was listless and bored
  • reacted to the crisis with listless resignation
  • The old eyes turned listlessly to him.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • She’d lost a considerable amount of weight, and seemed listless, dull-eyed and tired.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple

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  • He sounds listless.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • from time to time she seemed tired and listless.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • The muddy waters after-the-flood churned listlessly south,
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • None of this mattered now; I would have listlessly agreed to anything.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I’m neither strong nor healthy, and my days are spent like an old party balloon: listless, spongy, and growing softer over time.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • But the words were muttered listlessly, in a semi-trance.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero

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  • at first he stared at it listlessly, then he sat up and rubbed his eyes; but when he looked again he could not see it any more.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Inside the imaging room, Sonja stood with the tech behind the radiation shield while I stood beside a listless Colton as the moving table slid him into a big, scary tube.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Listlessly, I started following the wall back.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • Silena nodded listlessly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Listless and sleepy with hunger Denver saw the flesh between her mother’s forefinger and thumb fade.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • "Fortuna Major," said Harry listlessly.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Luke gathered up Annabeth’s listless body and carried her away from the goddess.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • As Tom comes listlessly for his coffee...
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • "...they bring only sorrow." Her mother gestured listlessly around the cavern.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • But more than by anything else, he was disgusted by himself, by his perfumed hair, by the smell of wine from his mouth, by the flabby tiredness and listlessness of his skin.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • ...the cattle moved thin and listless over the red and rootless earth.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • They would inevitably surface within a rectangle of barbed wire, would find themselves greeted listlessly by dying Russians who spoke no English, who had no food or useful information or escape plans of their own.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • His hands lay listless.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of SLEEPY HOLLOW,...
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • You smell like cigarettes when you come home, you’re listless and distracted.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • "I don’t feel up to it," said Dorian, listlessly.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The nationalist on the stepladder, his quick hands slashing through the air, was whipping his growing audience out of its morning listlessness.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • Jody walked up to the house and took his place listlessly at the table.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • Magda just stared at me like she didn’t believe what I’d said. She went back inside, listlessly waving her hand in the air. "Just don’t get burned, that’s all I gotta say. Don’t get burned."
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • Eddie slumped over the railing, gazing listlessly down at the columns of police.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • His thoughts must have dragged as slowly and listlessly as mine with the same painful dullness.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • "You can’t," Leamas replied listlessly.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • No way was I going to be able to sleep now I walked listlessly over to our heavily curtained window and peeked out.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • At first Ekwefi accepted her, as she had accepted others—with listless resignation.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • In the late afternoon, we approached Peking. I instantly revived from the listlessness of the heat and my hunger.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Listless sleep—without any more of the memory-dreams he’d experienced.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Bella trudged along listlessly behind Signor Luciano.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I arrived at the volunteer center and realized everyone else knew this too: There was a listlessness, a defeat, that hung over the place.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But whenever they weren’t under direct orders to do something, the children sank heavily into chairs, stared listlessly out locked windows, paged through dog-eared books they’d read a hundred times before, or slept.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • One sunny afternoon I was loitering on the bench in front of the electric shop in the sun, listlessly trying to read a slim volume of Candide that some wiseacre had sent me.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • She was so nonfunctional and listless, that her appointed lawyer thought she was incompetent to stand trial.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Then he moved listlessly around the inn, doing small jobs left over from the night before.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Bolts of lightning begin raining down, striking the scouts dead where they stand, creating small explosions that form clouds of ash that drift listlessly across the yard.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • He was pale and exhausted, and stared out the window listlessly for the whole journey.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • She waved listlessly at the wreckage.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • But Mama was listless and Esperanza often found her weeping in silence.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • The heat and dry air had left twelve-year-old Claire Innes tired and listless all day.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • "But I got us into it," he said listlessly.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Sadako grew pale and listless.
    Eleanor Coerr  --  Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • They sat around the living room listlessly, with the light coming in all wrong—sunshine filtering through the rear windows on a weekday morning, when most of the family should have been at work.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
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