listless list‧less [ˈlɪstləs] adjective ECONOMICS
if an economy, trading etc is listless, there is very little growth or trade:

• The markets have been listless since August.

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listless UK US /ˈlɪstləs/ adjective
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to describe an economy, stock market, etc. in which there is not much activity or trade: »

Stocks closed mixed in listless trading ahead of Saturday's presidential elections.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • Listless — List less, a. [OE. listles, lustles. See {Lust}.] Having no desire or inclination; indifferent; heedless; spiritless. A listless unconcern. Thomson. [1913 Webster] Benumbed with cold, and listless of their gain. Dryden. [1913 Webster] I was… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • listless — I adjective absent, abstracted, apathetic, benumbed, careless, despondent, disinterested, distant, dormant, dreamy, dull, exanimate, faineant, faint, heedless, idle, impassive, inactive, inanimate, inattentive, incurious, indifferent, indolent,… …   Law dictionary

  • listless — mid 15c., from M.E. liste pleasure, joy, delight (see LIST (Cf. list) (v.4)) + LESS (Cf. less). Related: Listlessly; listlessness …   Etymology dictionary

  • listless — spiritless, *languid, languishing, languorous, lackadaisical, enervated Analogous words: apathetic, *impassive, phlegmatic: heedless, thoughtless, *careless: inert, *inactive, passive, supine, idle Antonyms: eager Contrasted words: avid, keen,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • listless — [adj] spiritless, without energy absent, abstracted, apathetic, blah*, bored, careless, dormant, dreamy, drowsy, dull, easygoing, energyless, enervated, faint, heavy, heedless, impassive, inanimate, inattentive, indifferent, indolent, inert,… …   New thesaurus

  • listless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking energy or enthusiasm. DERIVATIVES listlessly adverb listlessness noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • listless — [list′lis] adj. [ LIST2 + LESS] 1. having no interest in what is going on about one, as a result of illness, weariness, dejection, etc.; spiritless; languid 2. characterized by such a feeling listlessly adv. listlessness n …   English World dictionary

  • listless — listlessly, adv. listlessness, n. /list lis/, adj. having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent: a listless mood; a listless handshake. [1400 50; late ME lystles. See LIST4, LESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • listless — [[t]lɪ̱stləs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is listless has no energy or enthusiasm. He was listless and pale and wouldn t eat much. Derived words: listlessly ADV GRADED ADV with v Usually, you would just sit listlessly, too hot to do anything else …   English dictionary

  • listless — adjective this heat makes me listless a listless performance Syn: lethargic, enervated, spiritless, lifeless, languid, languorous, inactive, inert, sluggish, torpid Ant: energetic …   Thesaurus of popular words

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