anemic

adjective
ane·​mic | \ə-ˈnē-mik \

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 \ 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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As The Verge reported yesterday — and confirmed with Motorola — the 5G connection in Maui is running at a comparatively anemic 130 to 140Mbps. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod speed test was massively misleading," 5 Dec. 2018 Going into Sunday’s game, Gordon was one of just three players batting over .280 for the Mariners, whose offense has been widely anemic since the beginning of July and had been outscored 32-11 during its five-game losing streak. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "Denard Span bats leadoff as Dee Gordon misses second game in row with sore ankle," 5 Aug. 2018 Ramírez ended up allowing four runs over four-plus innings, but the Orioles stayed on script and produced another in a series of anemic offensive performances. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Yankees strike back, salvage doubleheader split with 10-2 rout of Orioles," 10 July 2018 The engine was anemic for the sheer size of that aircraft. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "One man designed and built the ultimate bush plane," 11 Aug. 2018 Compared to the App store, Microsoft’s Windows Store is anemic. Brad Rickman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Microsoft Surface Go: The New Tablet That We've Been Dreaming of Forever," 17 July 2018 Europe, only recently dismissed as anemic and hopelessly vexed by political dysfunction, has emerged as a growth leader. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Every One of the World’s Big Economies Is Now Growing," 27 Jan. 2018 For most of the recovery, wage growth has been anemic, suggesting companies faced relatively little pressure to invest in automation or to find other ways to squeeze more production out of workers. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes," 25 June 2018 For most of the recovery, wage growth has been anemic, suggesting companies faced relatively little pressure to invest in automation or to find other ways to squeeze more production out of workers. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes," 25 June 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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anemic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of anemic

medical : relating to or suffering from anemia

: not strong, forceful, or impressive

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