Describe a slow-moving river or a weak breeze or a listless manner with the slightly poetic adjective, languid.

Languid comes from the Latin verb, languere "to be weak or faint" and is a somewhat literary word for something that doesn't use much energy. If someone says goodbye to you with a languid wave of the hand, there's not too much movement involved. You can describe yourself as languid when you have that feeling of not being entirely awake — kind of lazy in the mind.

Definitions of languid

adj lacking spirit or liveliness

“a languid mood”
“a languid wave of the hand”
dreamy, lackadaisical, languorous
lethargic, unenrgetic
deficient in alertness or activity

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