- The definition of listless is someone who is lacking in energy or vitality and does not extend physical effort.
An example of someone who would be described as listless is a depressed person who lays around all day.
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- having no interest in what is going on about one, as a result of illness, weariness, dejection, etc.; spiritless; languid
- characterized by such a feeling
Origin: list plush -less
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Origin: Middle English listles : probably from liste, desire (from listen, to desire; see list5) + -les, -lesse, -less.
- listˈless·ly adverb
- listˈless·ness noun