Posts Tagged Lack of Energy
noun [in sing. ]
a state of near-unconsciousness or insensibility : a drunken stupor.
stuporous |-rəs| |ˈst(j)upərəs| adjective
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Latin, from stupere ‘be amazed or stunned.’
they left him slumped in a drunken stupor daze, state of unconsciousness, torpor, insensibility, oblivion.
verb [ intrans. ]
e : she saw Mary loitering near the cloakrooms.
• travel indolently and with frequent pauses : they loitered along in the sunshine, stopping at the least excuse.
loiterer |ˈlɔɪdərər| noun
ORIGIN late Middle English : perhaps from Middle Dutch loteren ‘wag around.’
THE RIGHT WORD
Someone who hangs around downtown after the stores are closed and appears to be deliberately wasting time is said to loiter, a verb that connotes improper or sinister motives (: the police warned the boys not to loiter).
To dawdle is to pass time leisurely or to pursue something halfheartedly (: dawdle in a stationery shop; dawdle over a sinkful of dishes).
Someone who dallies dawdles in a particularly pleasurable and relaxed way, with connotations of amorous activity (: he dallied with his girlfriend when he should have been delivering papers).
Idle suggests that the person makes a habit of avoiding work or activity (: idle away the hours of a hot summer day), while lag suggests falling behind or failing to maintain a desirable rate of progress (: she lagged several yards behind her classmates as they walked to the museum).
1 he loitered at bus stops linger, wait, skulk; loaf, lounge, idle, laze, waste time, lollygag; informal hang around; archaic tarry.
2 they loitered along the river bank dawdle, dally, stroll, amble, saunter, meander, drift, putter, take one’s time; informal dilly-dally, mosey.
THE RIGHT WORD
Someone who hangs around downtown after the stores are closed and appears to be deliberately wasting time is said to loiter, a verb that connotes improper or sinister motives (: the police warned the boys not to loiter). To dawdle is to pass time leisurely or to pursue something halfheartedly (: dawdle in a stationery shop; dawdle over a sinkful of dishes). Someone who dallies dawdles in a particularly pleasurable and relaxed way, with connotations of amorous activity (: he dallied with his girlfriend when he should have been delivering papers). Idle suggests that the person makes a habit of avoiding work or activity (: idle away the hours of a hot summer day), while lag suggests falling behind or failing to maintain a desirable rate of progress (: she lagged several yards behind her classmates as they walked to the museum).
senile |ˈsēˌnīl; ˈsen-|
(of a person) having or showing the weaknesses or diseases of old age, esp. a loss of mental faculties : she couldn’t cope with her senile husband.
• (of a condition) characteristic of or caused by old age : senile decay.
• Geology approaching the end of a cycle of erosion.
a senile person : you never know where you stand with these so-called seniles.
senility |siˈnilitē| |səˈnɪlədi| |sɛˈnɪlədi| |sɪˈnɪlɪti| noun
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from French sénile or Latin senilis, from senex ‘old man.’
(of a person or their manner) lacking energy or enthusiasm : bouts of listless depression.
listlessly |ˈlɪs(t)l1sli| adverb
listlessness |ˈlɪs(t)l1sn1s| noun
ORIGIN Middle English : from obsolete list [appetite, desire] + -less .
this heat makes me listless | a listless performance lethargic, enervated, spiritless, lifeless, languid, languorous, inactive, inert, sluggish, torpid. See word spectrum at energetic . antonym energetic.
loaf 1 |lōf|
noun ( pl. loaves |lōvz|)
bread that is shaped and baked in one piece and usually sliced before being eaten : a loaf of bread | two loaves in the oven.
• food formed into a usu. oblong shape, and often sliced into portions.
half a loaf is better than none proverb it is better to accept less than one wants or expects than to have nothing at all.
ORIGIN Old English hlāf, of Germanic origin; related to German Laib.
loaf 2 |loʊf| |ləʊf|
verb [ intrans. ]
idle one’s time away, typically by aimless wandering or loitering : don’t let him see you loafing around with your hands in your pockets.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: probably a back-formation from loafer
; carelessly lazy : a lackadaisical defense left the Spurs adrift in the second half.
lackadaisically |ˈˈløkəˈˈdeɪz1k(ə)li| adverb
ORIGIN mid 18th cent. (also in the sense [feebly sentimental] ): from the archaic interjection lackaday, lackadaisy (see alack ) + -ical .
I was lackadaisical about my training lethargic, apathetic, listless, sluggish, spiritless, passionless; careless, lazy, lax, unenthusiastic, halfhearted, lukewarm, indifferent, unconcerned, casual, offhand, blasé, insouciant, relaxed; informal laid-back, easygoing, couldn’t-care-less. antonym enthusiastic.
languor |ˈla ng (g)ər|
1 the state or feeling, often pleasant, of tiredness or inertia : he remembered the languor and warm happiness of those golden afternoons.
2 an oppressive stillness of the air : the afternoon was hot, quiet, and heavy with languor.
languorous |-g(ə)rəs; ˈla ng ərəs| |ˈløŋ(g)(ə)rəs| adjective
languorously |-g(ə)rəslē; ˈla ng ərəslē| |ˈløŋ(g)(ə)rəsli| adverb
ORIGIN Middle English : via Old French from Latin, from languere (see languish ). The original sense was [illness, disease, distress,] later [faintness, lassitude] ; current senses date from the 18th cent., when such lassitude became associated with a sometimes rather self-indulgent romantic yearning.
1 the sultry languor that was stealing over her lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, torpor, fatigue, weariness, sleepiness, drowsiness; laziness, idleness, indolence, inertia, sluggishness, apathy. antonym vigor.
2 the languor of a hot day stillness, tranquility, calm, calmness; oppressiveness, heaviness.
; lack of energy : she was overcome by lassitude and retired to bed | a patient complaining of lassitude and inability to concentrate.
ORIGIN late Middle English : from French, from Latin lassitudo, from lassus ‘tired.’
prolonged periods of lassitude lethargy, listlessness, weariness, languor, sluggishness, tiredness, fatigue, torpor, lifelessness, apathy. antonym vigor.
insensate |inˈsenˌsāt; -sit|
: a patient who was permanently unconscious and insensate.
• lacking sympathy or compassion; unfeeling : a positively insensate hatred.
• completely lacking sense or reason : insensate jabbering.
insensately |1nˈsɛnˈseɪtli| |ˈɪnˈsɛnˈseɪtli| adverb
ORIGIN late 15th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin insensatus, from in- ‘not’ + sensatus ‘having senses’ (see sensate ).
a lazy, sluggish person.
sluggardliness |ˈsləgərdlin1s| noun
sluggardly |ˈsləgərdli| adjective
ORIGIN Middle English : from the rare verb slug [be lazy or slow] + -ard .
that sluggard attached to the sofa is my brother Lew ne’er-do-well, layabout, do-nothing, idler, loafer, lounger, good-for-nothing, shirker, underachiever; informal slacker, slug, lazybones, bum, couch potato.