anemic

adjective ane·mic \ ə-ˈnē-mik \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of anemic

1 :relating to or affected with anemia
  • The blood test indicated that he was slightly anemic.
2 a :lacking force, vitality, or spirit
  • an anemic rendition of the song
  • anemic efforts at enforcement
b :lacking interest or savor (see 1savor 3) :insipid
  • anemic wines
c :lacking in substance or quantity
  • anemic returns on an investment
  • anemic attendance

anemically

play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of anemic in a Sentence

  1. The doctor told me I was slightly anemic.

  2. The band played an anemic rendition of a classic love song.

  3. Investors are worried about the stock's anemic performance.

  4. Officials worried about anemic attendance at the shows.

  5. Sales rose an anemic 0.5 percent last quarter.

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Origin and Etymology of anemic

see anemia


ANEMIC Defined for English Language Learners

anemic

adjective

Definition of anemic for English Language Learners

  • medical : relating to or suffering from anemia

  • : not strong, forceful, or impressive



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