Definitions

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  • adv. In a languid manner, without force or effort, in a manner requiring little energy or exertion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a languid manner; feebly; sluggishly; listlessly; without spirit or animation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a languid and lethargic manner

Etymologies

languid +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A heavily veiled lady, whom no one had hitherto noticed, rose languidly from a seat and greeted him in a clear, penetrating voice.

    literature

  • He rose languidly from the broken rail; my brother offered him his shoulder to lean on; he placed the little white hand there, and was led into the house.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • The way she's kind of languidly making the point with her right index finger is priceless!

    Posthuman Blues

  • "A lovely bribe," languidly, "but don't hurry, for mother and I are leaving to-morrow."

    The Fighting Shepherdess

  • Here she will sit through the hour, gossiping with her friends, watching the antics of several beautiful, dubious women, camp followers of the rich, who add undoubted interest to the place; calling languidly to her dog: "_Viens, Tou-tou!

    American Adventures A Second Trip 'Abroad at home'

  • In the midst of the horror and confusion of the household, the murderer slips out, goes home, and is resting calmly, thinking with intense delight of the splendid success of the plan, and of the extraordinary skill he had shown in its conception and execution; when, just as he was dropping off to sleep in delicious drowsiness, there "languidly" entered into his head this thought: it speaks to his mind in the third person, as though somebody else had actually said it: It is very possible that Dr. Kerzhentsev is really insane.

    Essays on Russian Novelists

  • The prospects for Alan Hollinghurst's awesomely accomplished but languidly paced The Stranger's Child, for example, were surely inferior, in a game of zippy-style bingo, to yarns that Chris Mullin's mates would hail as bona fide page-turners.

    The Man Booker judges seem to find reading a bit hard | Catherine Bennett

  • He adjusted his impeccable tweed jacket and thought languidly for a moment about the enigmatic but passionate kiss Sophie had planted on his lips before leaving an hour earlier.

    Fiction

  • The report offered another reminder that many emerging-market economies are booming while the U.S., Europe and Japan recover only languidly from a severe recession.

    Demand for Bank Loans Mounts in Emerging World, Survey Says

  • Our tracker Jabu spots it, and points to a cheetah lying languidly in a patch of grass, only its ears and the top of its head visible.

    'Out here in the veld I understand the bewitching power of the cheetah'

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  • We moved languidly, two creatures gone into by the drift of dark water alongside us, neither river nor sea and with no opposite shore. Stars came all the way down to the horizon, nestled in the water.

    March 18, 2012