The definition of languor is a lack of energy, interest or movement.
An example of languor is someone sitting on the couch watching television all day.
- a lack of vigor or vitality; weakness
- a lack of interest or spirit; feeling of listlessness; indifference
- the condition of being still, sluggish, or dull
Origin of languorMiddle English langour from Old French langueur from Classical Latin languor from languere, to be weary: see languid
- Lack of physical or mental energy; listlessness: “the languor of the men, induced by the heat” ( Herman Melville ) See Synonyms at lethargy.
- A dreamy, lazy, or sensual quality, as of expression: “the clarity of her complexion, the length and languor of her eyelashes” ( Jhumpa Lahiri )
- Oppressive stillness, especially of the air: the languor of a hot July afternoon.
Origin of languorMiddle English from Old French from Latin from languēre to be languid ; see languish .
(countable and uncountable, plural languors)
- (uncountable) a state of the body or mind caused by exhaustion or disease and characterized by a languid feeling: lassitude
- languor of convalescence
- (countable) listless indolence; dreaminess
- a certain languor in the air hinted at an early summer -- James Purdy
- (uncountable) dullness, sluggishness; lack of vigor; stagnation
- from languor she passed to the lightest vivacity -- Elinor Wylie