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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web For Republicans, anemic fund-raising, missteps by Donald J. Trump and weak candidates could stand in the way of bigger statehouse gains in November. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 But from a macroeconomic perspective, some experts think those missteps imply that the economy in the first quarter wasn't as anemic as the drop in GDP might otherwise imply. Martha C. White, CNN, 28 July 2022 Even without a formal declaration of a recession, most forecasters see an anemic economy in the near future. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 27 July 2022 YouTube saw a 84% revenue boom in the same period last year, to $7 billion, coming off the relatively anemic 5.8% bump in Q2 2020 amid the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Todd Spangler, Variety, 26 July 2022 McClain's lawyer later attributed this to the fact that McClain was anemic and often cold. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 19 July 2022 And any investment in our anemic mental healthcare system—whatever the pretext—should be welcomed. Abdul El-sayed, The New Republic, 7 July 2022 This process skewed the works that emerged: those who coöperated wrote books that were highly favorable to Hughes’s side of the story, and those who didn’t wrote anemic volumes that lacked juicy insight. The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 Compared to the 2018 midterms, where Democrats swept the House in a blue wave reaction to former President Donald Trump, the 2022 primary season has seen anemic participation from Democratic voters. Thomas Phippen, Fox News, 2 July 2022 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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“Anemic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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