ane·​mic | \ ə-ˈnē-mik How to pronounce anemic (audio) \

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 enforcement
b : lacking interest or savor (see savor entry 1 sense 3) : insipid anemic wines
c : lacking in substance or quantity anemic returns on an investment anemic attendance

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Other Words from anemic

anemically \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anemically (audio) \ 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.
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The company’s failure to generate sufficient electricity is eroding already anemic economic growth, while another bailout would add to the government’s rising debt load. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Power Struggle: Electricity Outages Hit South Africa Months Before Election," 14 Feb. 2019 That, coupled with low enthusiasm from the youngest voters and the group’s history of anemic turnout in midterm elections, does not point to under-30 voters having a huge impact in November. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump's favorite county," 3 Aug. 2018 Prices range from $599 for a base model with a dinky Intel Celeron processor and anemic storage and RAM all the way up to $1,599 for something that’s overkill for nearly everybody. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Pixel Slate review: slapdash," 27 Nov. 2018 Brinson is hitting just .157 with an anemic OPS of .492, yet has managed to remain in the lineup as the Marlins remain hellbent on sticking with the outfielder through thick and thin -- mostly thin. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Brinson gaffes contribute to another loss for sinking Marlins," 3 June 2018 The rocky, barren terrain enforced an unmistakable loneliness and uncertainty, but eventually both gave way around a bend to the anemic – yet striking – lake and signature pyramidlike rock, Anaho Island, at its eastern shore. Elizabeth Zach, sacbee, "A reflection of what Reno is now | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Mar. 2018 But the thought here is that Seattle can win this game with defense (Dallas' passing attack has been anemic so far) and special teams (maybe a Michael Dickson punt or two that flips the field) and keep hope alive for another week. The Seattle Times, "Pick 'Em," 28 Oct. 2018 Productivity, a key factor determining how fast the economy can grow and how much living standards can increase, has been anemic throughout this expansion. Martin Crutsinger, Fox News, "US productivity grew at strong 2.9 percent rate in Q2," 15 Aug. 2018 An anemic offense, a starting rotation that couldn’t sustain a hot June, expected regression to the mean and a little less luck in one-run games would never allow such a run of winning baseball. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "It’s a celebration at Safeco Field, but visiting A’s enjoy all the fun of making playoffs," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of anemic

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anemic

see anemia

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English Language Learners Definition of anemic

medical : relating to or suffering from anemia
: not strong, forceful, or impressive

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