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 \ ə-​ˈnē-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anemic (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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Recent Examples on the Web Though the league did offer three levels of play on a limited basis, the numbers were anemic, barely breaking 150., 3 June 2021 And about 20% of girls are anemic, a condition that can be caused by low iron consumption and can affect cognitive function and mood. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, 3 May 2021 One third of all women of reproductive age are anemic. Sharman Apt Russell, Scientific American, 20 May 2021 Phil Willon writes that voters expressed only anemic support for the Republican candidates. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021 The offense has been anemic, resulting in the Mets firing hitting coach Chili Davis after their loss Monday. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 5 May 2021 Congress must pass this legislation or risk an anemic and devastatingly incomplete recovery. Joseph Stiglitz For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 23 Feb. 2021 Cleveland has made the postseason four times in five years, with anemic fan support. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 7 Oct. 2020 Spending and inflation were restrained, and the postcrisis recovery was anemic with inflation persistently below the Fed’s target. John Greenwood, WSJ, 21 Feb. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Anemic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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