Definition of anemic
1 : relating to or affected with anemia The blood test indicated that he was slightly anemic.
2a : lacking force, vitality, or spirit an anemic rendition of the song anemic efforts at enforcementb : lacking interest or savor (see 1savor 3) : insipid anemic winesc : lacking in substance or quantity anemic returns on an investment anemic attendance
anemicallyplay \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ 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.
Origin and Etymology of anemic
First Known Use: 1826
ANEMIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anemic for English Language Learners
medical : relating to or suffering from anemia
: not strong, forceful, or impressive
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