• WordNet 3.6
    • n listlessness inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
    • n listlessness a feeling of lack of interest or energy
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n listlessness The state of being listless; indifference to what is passing; languid inattention.
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In literature:

What had befallen his strong young hopes, his faith, his inspiration, that they had exhaled and left the air vapid and listless?
"The Ordeal" by Charles Egbert Craddock
It was his only eagerness, but very dull and listless at that.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte
A few of the prisoners roused themselves listlessly and laughed.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
She looked on listlessly at the wonder-world.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
The boy looked listlessly out over the long rows of corn still to be cultivated.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
Listlessly she made her preparations for the flitting.
"Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer" by Jessie Graham Flower
The Moro responded at length, in a listless monotone that contrasted strangely with the determined gleam of his black eyes.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
She soon put the dishes away, but felt too tired and listless to do more.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
John nodded and gazed listlessly around the room.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
She soon put the dishes away, but felt too tired and listless to do more.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

“Mine eyes have been blinded
Because of the sun;
And moaning and moaning
I listlessly run.
"The Waterfall" by Henry Kendall
Fair leap the flames on high,
Sparks they whirl drunken;
I watch them listlessly
In sorrow sunken.
"The Forsaken Maiden" by Eduard Morike
When the fervent fingers
Listlessly unclose,
May the life that lingers
Find repose, Lily,
Find repose!
"The Pity Of It " by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
As some poor, feeble wanderer,
With age and sorrow bent,
The April of my years, alas,
Thus listlessly I spent;
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
And so he lingers--lingers on
In the City of the Foe--
His cousins and his countrymen
Who see him listless go.
"The Released Rebel Prisoner" by Herman Melville
To let the wherry listless go,
And, wrapt in dreamy joy,
Dip, and surge idly to and fro,
Like the red harbor-buoy;
"Piscataqua River" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

In news:

The listless sky offers no hint of clouds.
A listless performance in a 3-0 loss to Seattle left center back David Horst wondering what happened to his team in such a big game.
There is a widespread sense, both in Washington and around the country, that Congress has just ended one of the most listless and unproductive sessions in memory.
Some Democrats describe President Obama's performance during the debate with Mitt Romney as listless and lackluster.
Windows 8 uptake remains listless after public launch.
Animated 'Guardians' a laughless, listless bunch .
Listless Sixers drop head-scratcher to Chicago .
A seven-run fourth inning helped the Escanaba Eskymos overcome a rather listless start Friday as they posted an 8-2 softball victory over the Cheboygan Chiefs in the first game of a twinbill.
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.