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 The Patriots’ anemic passing game is a direct result of the franchise’s inability to identity and develop receiver talent. Omar Kelly,, "Omar Kelly’s first-round 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: Dolphins target playmakers at picks 6 and 18," 12 Apr. 2021 Trask also put up those numbers and led the Gators to the SEC East title despite the offensive burden often resting on his shoulders due to an anemic running game averaging 130.3 yards. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators’ record-setter Kyle Trask strives to show NFL teams he’s complete QB," 2 Apr. 2021 What is unusual, is the fact that Cleveland still seems to be trying to uncover the right combination of players to jump start an anemic offense. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, "Several Cleveland Indians’ Defensive Positions Remain Unsettled," 20 Apr. 2021 Dailey was Kentucky's second-most productive wide receiver in an anemic passing offense last season with 14 catches for 139 yards and one touchdown. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky loses starting receiver to transfer portal as offensive makeover continues," 19 Mar. 2021 The anemic offense went from 93rd in the Kenpom metric to 44th now. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Utah State 57, SDSU 45: The loss that saved the Aztecs’ season," 17 Mar. 2021 The current situation bears little resemblance to the government’s response to the 2008 crisis, which produced the most anemic recovery in U.S. history. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. economy may have its best chance in years to break from era of subpar growth," 21 Feb. 2021 So public funds are always anemic, while private funds are even scarcer — a civic cocktail that guarantees that any municipal project takes years, if not decades, to finish. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The sad fate of East L.A.'s forgotten Walk of Fame," 26 Mar. 2021 The anemic offensive performance — including one measly shot on goal in the second period — went to the back burner. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Roope Hintz’s injury scare in loss to Lightning shows how fragile the Stars’ season really is," 23 Mar. 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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5 May 2021

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“Anemic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 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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