Adjective "Lethargic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Affected by lethargy; sluggish and apathetic.
  1. 'If you are confused, lethargic, or have a fever, someone should take you to the hospital.'
  2. 'He had pneumonia and diarrhoea and was severely anaemic and lethargic.'
  3. 'After seemingly endless weeks of constant commotion, they appear listless and lethargic.'
  4. 'Her health was poor, although stable, until the morning of admission, when she became disoriented and lethargic.'
  5. 'If the cat is lethargic and his coat is dull and unhealthy looking, this too may be a sign.'
  6. 'Mrs Lewis said she had felt unwell, lethargic, irritable and overweight for many years.'
  7. 'However, presentations where a patient is hypo-alert and lethargic may go unrecognised.'
  8. 'Most claimed to be fully adherent only on occasions when they felt lethargic or unwell.'
  9. 'As a result, many seemed lethargic and sluggish when it came to taking the game to Brazil in the second half.'
  10. 'They looked tired and lethargic with absolutely none of the sparkle we have associated with them in the past.'


1. of, relating to, or affected with lethargy; drowsy; sluggish; apathetic.

2. producing lethargy: The lethargic heat and humidity of the day made me want to do nothing but nap.

More examples(as adjective)

"moods can be lethargic with activities."

"places can be lethargic in halves."

"places can be lethargic at starts."

"people can be lethargic up backs."

"people can be lethargic to points."

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Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek lēthargikos, from lēthargos ‘forgetful’.