ane·​mic ə-ˈnē-mik How to pronounce anemic (audio)
: relating to or affected with anemia
The blood test indicated that he was slightly anemic.
: lacking force, vitality, or spirit
an anemic rendition of the song
anemic efforts at enforcement
: lacking interest or savor (see savor entry 1 sense 3) : insipid
anemic wines
: lacking in substance or quantity
anemic returns on an investment
anemic attendance
anemically adverb

Examples of anemic in a Sentence

The doctor told me I was slightly anemic. The band played an anemic rendition of a classic love song. Investors are worried about the stock's anemic performance. Officials worried about anemic attendance at the shows. Sales rose an anemic 0.5 percent last quarter.
Recent Examples on the Web And growth in Europe has been anemic to say the least. David McHugh, Fortune Europe, 11 Apr. 2024 About 30% of people under the age of 50 who menstruate are anemic, according to the World Health Organization—and one of the most common causes of it is not having enough iron. Lizzy Briskin, SELF, 26 Mar. 2024 The result was more anemic than cohesive, however, in part because scheduled keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had pulled out following a February article from Mother Jones. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 12 Mar. 2024 Mortgage rates have fallen since, and sales, especially of new homes, are beginning to thaw from the anemic pace of last year. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Lineups with Gobert and Jordan McLaughlin score an anemic 83.2 points per 100 possessions. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 28 Jan. 2024 After weeks of mild to warm weather, what could be one of the final gasps of the anemic winter of 2023-24 spread over much of the eastern half of the U.S. Monday. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 Escalating losses, exacerbated by anemic plane-production, almost certainly are increasing the stress on the surviving planes and crews. David Axe, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 So the lack of access to something as simple as iron means that those women are entering labor severely anemic. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History


see anemia

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of anemic was in 1826

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“Anemic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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