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listless

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Definition lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
  • She was listless and bored.
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
  • She accepted her fate with listless resignation.
  • listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
  • She'd lost a considerable amount of weight, and seemed listless, dull-eyed and tired.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
  • 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
  • listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
  • "I don't feel up to it," said Dorian, listlessly.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • listlessly = with a lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
  • 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
  • listlessly = with a lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
  • At first Ekwefi accepted her, as she had accepted others—with listless resignation.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
  • None of this mattered now; I would have listlessly agreed to anything.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • listlessly = with a lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
  • 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
  • listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
  • His thoughts must have dragged as slowly and listlessly as mine with the same painful dullness.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • listlessly = with a lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
  • You smell like cigarettes when you come home, you're listless and distracted.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
  • 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
  • listlessness = lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • The muddy waters after-the-flood churned listlessly south,
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • listlessly = with a lack of energy
  • The old eyes turned listlessly to him.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • listlessly = with a lack of energy
  • Jody walked up to the house and took his place listlessly at the table.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • listlessly = with a lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
  • 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
  • listlessness = lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • listlessly = with a lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
  • But the words were muttered listlessly, in a semi-trance.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • listlessly = with a lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
  • from time to time she seemed tired and listless.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
  • Eddie slumped over the railing, gazing listlessly down at the columns of police.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
listlessly = with a lack of energy and normal enthusiasm

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