Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Want of liveliness; dullness; heaviness.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • The soberest and best-governed men are least practised in these affairs; and who knows not that the bashful muteness of a virgin may oft-times hide all the unliveliness and natural sloth which is really unfit for conversation?

    The Life of John Milton

  • But she had youth, and country freshness; her "unliveliness and natural sloth unfit for conversation" passed as "the bashful muteness of a virgin;" and if a doubt intruded that he was being too hasty, Milton may have thought that a girl of seventeen could be moulded at pleasure.

    Milton

  • The “soberest and best-governed men, ” he says, “are least practised in these affairs, ” are not very well aware that “the bashful muteness” of a young lady “may ofttimes hide all the unliveliness and natural sloth which is really unfit for conversation, ” and are rather in too great haste to “light the nuptial torch”: whereas those “who have lived most loosely, by reason of their bold accustoming, prove most successful in their matches; because their wild affections, unsettling at will, have been as so many divorces to teach them experience.

    John Milton (1859)

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.