[...] he pulled out his phone and cancelled his flight to Hawaii.

The only word I can think of is languishly. But I think it's not used very often in that way.

  • Many (not all) of the suggested adverbs would be better placed after the verb phrase pull out his phone in my opinion. Is knowing where to place the adverb a problem for you? – Mari-Lou A Sep 14 '15 at 7:20
  • @Mari-Lou A Well, not much. You think that lethargically cancelling a flight doesn't make much sense? – janoChen Sep 14 '15 at 7:46
  • Now, you're changing things round. I never said it didn't make sense, I suggested that not all the adverbs should go at the beginning of the sentence. Your phrase above is completely different from the original. Your original example also has the expression pulled out his phone and. You can of course delete that phrase and still have a grammatical sentence. – Mari-Lou A Sep 14 '15 at 7:55

Doing something slowly because of a bad mood could be reluctantly.

reluctantly (adv) - in an unwilling and hesitant way

If it's because of a lack of energy, it could be lethargically.

lethargic (adj) - sluggish and apathetic



Lacking in vigor or vitality; slack or slow:


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

  • lackadaisically

The adjective form is lackadaisical.

lackadaisical [lak-uh-dey-zi-kuh l] adjective 1. without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic: a lackadaisical attempt. 2. lazy; indolent: a lackadaisical fellow.



One more: indolently.

  • "indolent" definition: lazy or disinterested in acting.

Also sluggishly.

  • "sluggish" definition: lacking alertness, vigor, or energy; inert or averse to activity or exertion.


lethargic: (adj.) feeling a lack of energy or a lack of interest in doing things

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