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No urging could increase his languid pace.
  lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
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languid languor languidly languorous languorously languidness
Strongly Associated with:   languish
Word Confusion:  The adjective, "languid", and the verb, "languor", are often used to give the lack of energy a pleasant or attractive connotation. However, the verb, "languish", has no such positive connotation.
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  • No urging could increase his languid pace.
  • a languid wave of the hand
  • On the whole, however, they seemed languid and exhausted.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • at last the Caterpillar ... addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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  • the languid beat of the stern-wheel came plainly to my ears.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • He did everything with direct and decisive movements, in contrast to his languid look.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • A gradual warmth, a languorous weariness passed over him descending along his spine from his closely cowled head.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Most of the children were still in a land of half stupor, languid, like limp rags.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • She looked up at him languidly, as though her lids were weighted with sleep and it cost her an effort to raise them.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • Louisa awoke from a torpor, and her eyes languidly opened on her old bed at home, and her old room.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times

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  • The two men sauntered languidly to the table
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • At once he starts eating sleepily, she to eat languidly, staring vaguely out.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • My sleep was dreamless and deep, and I rise languidly, stretching as I meet the Snake’s eyes.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • "Kiss me," she pleaded, and he did, hot languorous slow kisses that sped up as his heartbeat did, as the movement of their bodies quickened against each other.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The green blob of his head advances toward me, weaving through the trees, and now I can see the glint of a rifle through the languid snow.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • It seemed like I had plenty of time, though, and the languid pace and midday heat sapped my will to do anything more taxing than wander the grounds in dreamy amazement.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • No one is supposed to touch you in prison, so the intimacy of a languorous foot rub, intended to please, almost sent me into ecstatic tears the first time.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • You feel exhausted, languorous, and almost Godlike.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Two figures languidly wrestled within the lair; I called to them, but again could hardly hear my own voice.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • He stands in the bathroom doorway, steam drifting languidly around him, wearing nothing but a towel draped loosely around his hips.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • "Really," Merrick said, and she drew her sharp purple fingernails languidly across the top of Heidi’s head.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I have never felt like this—slow-witted and languorous, dreamy, absentminded, forgetful, focused only on each moment as it comes.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • On warm nights Marie-Laure opens her bedroom window and listens to the evening as it settles over the balconies and gables and chimneys, languid and peaceful, until the real neighborhood and the miniature one get mixed up in her mind.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • So we came to Beaufort, a town I grew to love with passion and without apology for its serenity, for its splendidly languid pace, and for its profound and infinite beauty.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He was languid, bored.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Earlier,’ Nathan had mentioned getting me a girl at Coney Island, a "hot dish" he knew named Leslie; it was a consolation to be looked forward to, I supposed in the stoic mood of the perpetual runner-up, decorously concealing by means of a languidly arranged hand the gabardine bulge in my, lap.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • They talk all at once, in a languid, amused way, and groan when it’s their turn to clear the table, while Mummie says "Now girls," but without conviction.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • However, it was difficult to maintain the proper mood of languorous romance with Mrs. Baird industriously Hoovering away outside our door.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "Win wasn’t the worst of them," I said, after a languid pause.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • House Iral greets us next, led by the lithe, languid movements of Ara, the Panther.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • The music was soft and languorous, and as much as I tried to deny it, part of me just yearned to be held.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • His wife was shrill, languid, handsome, and horrible.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • She noticed a drowsy hush overtaking Kabul Traffic became languid, scant, even quiet.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He dropped the crutch, walked to a nearby building, leaned against its wall, and slid languidly to the ground, panting.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Valentine’s tone was almost languid, but there was fierceness in it, a hungry threat of violence.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • In an instant Holmes had changed from the languid dreamer to the man of action.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I closed my eyes in languorous ecstasy and waited, waited with beating heart.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • She stretched, languorously, like a cat.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • He tried to adopt a languorous expression.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Not for me the languor and the subtlety I had read about in books.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • It was strange, the languorous, limp hand coming to rest at her side while her breathing was coming so quick and fast.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Then Janie felt a pain remorseless sweet that left her limp and languid.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • The tranced ship indolently rolls; the drowsy trade winds blow; everything resolves you into languor.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • My movements were languid, my plans of the vaguest.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He came languidly, placing himself in a good situation to see all the details.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Sometimes my pulse beat so quickly and hardly that I felt the palpitation of every artery; at others, I nearly sank to the ground through languor and extreme weakness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He swam languorously out to the raft, held on a moment, and swam languorously back to where he could stand on the sand bar.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Jeb asked, his voice almost languid.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • He is chewing gum and his jaw moves languidly.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
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