- Lacking energy, enthusiasm, or liveliness.
- 1818, [Mary Shelley], chapter 18, in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: […] [Macdonald and Son] for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, OCLC 830979744:
- I passed whole days on the lake alone in a little boat, watching the clouds and listening to the rippling of the waves, silent and listless.
- 1861, Charlotte M. Yonge, The Stokesley Secret, ch. 6:
- What an entirely different set of beings were those Stokesley children in lesson-time. . . . Poor, listless, stolid, deplorable logs, with bowed backs and crossed ankles, pipy voices and heavy eyes!
- 1901, William Somerset Maugham, The Hero, ch. 21:
- The scene with Mrs. Wallace had broken his spirit, and he was listless now, indifferent to what happened.
- 2005 Nov. 29, Aryn Baker, "John Hardy: Bali Guy," Time:
- “Listless, inattentive, distracted,” he recited. “A daydreamer. Tries his best, but is too slow.”