What does lethargic mean?

Definitions for lethargic
ləˈθɑr dʒɪklethar·gic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lethargic, unenergeticadjective

    deficient in alertness or activity

    "bullfrogs became lethargic with the first cold nights"


  1. lethargicadjective

    sluggish, slow

  2. lethargicadjective

    indifferent, apathetic

  3. Etymology: From ληθαργικός, from λήθαργος, from λήθη (from which Lethe) + ἀργός


  1. lethargic

    Lethargy is a state of tiredness, sleepiness, weariness, fatigue, sluggishness or lack of energy. It can be accompanied by depression, decreased motivation, or apathy. Lethargy can be a normal response to inadequate sleep, overexertion, overworking, stress, lack of exercise, improper nutrition, boredom, or a symptom of an underlying illness or a disorder. It may also be a side-effect of medication or caused by an interaction between medications or medication(s) and alcohol. It may also be an altered level of consciousness.When part of a normal response, lethargy often resolves with rest, adequate sleep, decreased stress, physical exercise, and good nutrition. Lethargy's symptoms however can last days or even months, so it can be a sign of a recent underlying illness or infection if it doesn't resolve normally.


  1. lethargic

    Lethargic refers to a state of tiredness, weariness, fatigue, or lack of energy. It can also refer to lack of enthusiasm, sluggishness, inactivity, or indifference. It usually implies a pathological state such as from illness, medication, or emotional stress.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lethargicadjective

    alt. of Lethargical


  1. Lethargic

    torpid or inactive.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lethargic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lethargic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of lethargic in a Sentence

  1. Ayla Antoniazzi:

    But the next day when they woke up, they were n’t themselves. My oldest had a rash on her face. The youngest did too but not as bad. The 2-year-old was holding her eye and complaining that her eye was hurting. She was very lethargic, so I took them back to my parents ’ home.

  2. Donald Tusk:

    Otherwise, we will continue the lethargic dance we have been dancing for the past five months.

  3. Mila Kunis:

    She’s not lethargic. She moves!

  4. Beth Hillson:

    Take a Tylenol if you have a headache or achy joints, an antacid if you have heartburn or a nap if you’re lethargic.

  5. Daniel Loeb:

    Nestle's insular, complacent, and bureaucratic organization is overly complex, lethargic, and misses too many trends.

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