• WordNet 3.6
    • adj listless lacking zest or vivacity "he was listless and bored"
    • adj listless marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm "a dispirited and divided Party","reacted to the crisis with listless resignation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Listless Having no desire or inclination; indifferent; heedless; spiritless. "A listless unconcern.""Benumbed with cold, and listless of their gain.""I was listless , and desponding."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • listless Indifferent to or taking no interest in what happens about one; languid and unheeding: as, a listless hearer or spectator.
    • listless Marked by languid inactivity; manifesting relaxed attention; inanimate: as, a listless attitude.
    • listless Synonyms Listless, Careless, Supine, Indolent. The listless and the careless do not care or desire; the supine and the indolent do not care enough to conquer their shrinking from activity or work. The words may all indicate a temporary state or a permanent element of character; indolent generally indicates the latter. (See idle.) Careless is not caring; supine is literally lying flat on one's back, not rousing one's self at all, ignobly indifferent; listless, indifferent and languid. Listless does not necessarily imply blame.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Listless having no desire or wish: careless: uninterested: weary: indolent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. listles, lustles,. See Lust
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hlystanhlyst, hearing; Ice. hlusta.


In literature:

People who had appeared active enough before sat listless about the decks.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was at the practice, and Diemann had given him a shot about his listless work.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
Speed, with listless indifference.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Sir William turned over his letters listlessly as he sat down, opened them, and looked through them.
"The Arbiter" by Lady F. E. E. Bell
As he climbed the boarding-house stairs to his room he felt listless.
"Stubble" by George Looms
She could do nothing for herself, she could only obey Joan's dictates, and this she did in listless misery.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
She turned away listlessly.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
The first lesson in driving, the lazy supper on the beach, and the long ride, left her listless and indolent.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
Lila picked it up and opened it listlessly.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
The audience seemed listless and the performance dragged.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

Only a brown and weesome thing,
With drooping head and listless wing;
It could not drift beyond His sight
Who marshals the splendid stars of night.
"The Sparrow's Fall" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
I am grown listless with the loss of you,
Weary with primping at the mirror now,
Without you, galmorous in admiration,
Smiling there behind my glowing hair.
"The Heavy Pendulum" by Isobel Stone
In listless quietude of mind,
I yield to all
The change of cloud and wave and wind
And passive on the flood reclined,
I wander with the waves, and with them rise and fall.
"Hampton Beach" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And silence follows fast: no evening peace,
But leaden stillness, when the thunder wanes,
Haunting the slender branches of the trees,
And settling low upon the listless plains.
"The Fallen Spire [A Flemish Village]" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
Thou slow rising at vespers' call,
Wearily, wearily;
I looking up on the darkening wall,
Wearily, wearily;
The chime so sweet to the boat at sea,
Listless and dead to thee and me!
"If I Were A Monk, And If Thou Wert A Nun" by George MacDonald
Quite listless, for her daily stent is done,
She stands, sad exile, at her rose-wreathed door,
And sends her love eternal with the sun
That goes to gild the land she'll see no more.
"Music In The Bush" by Robert W Service

In news:

A Listless Obama is Still Better Than Romney.
Aggressive Romney vs sometimes listless Obama.
Cubs fans already restless after listless start.
West Virginia listless in 77-54 loss to Gonzaga.
Amanda Seyfried stars in a listless would-be thriller that never generates any suspense or energy.
Trump, Romney and a listless GOP presidential race.
Wizards remain winless after latest listless game.
Former Avs goalie Andrew Raycroft stops listless Colorado, 3-1.
Auburn overcame listless starts in the first and second half to beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 72-59 tonight at Auburn Arena.
Listless Yankees Looking For A Spark.
Yanks, With Suddenly Listless Lineup, Are Baffled Again by Blue Jays.
'Paper Man' is listless and fake.
Listless Hawks fall to NHL's worst team.
This 'Bucket' feels listless .
The band Widowspeak's breakout song "Harsh Realm" is best reserved for the kinds of unbearable evening heat waves that sweep over you and leave you listless.