sluggish

adjective
slug·​gish | \ ˈslə-gish \

Definition of sluggish

1 : averse to activity or exertion : indolent also : torpid
2 : slow to respond (as to stimulation or treatment)
3a : markedly slow in movement, flow, or growth
b : economically inactive or slow

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sluggishly adverb
sluggishness noun

Examples of sluggish in a Sentence

The game picked up after a sluggish start. the sluggish pace of the project is worrisome

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Apple’s latest music-focused device, the HomePod, was also delayed, and has seen sluggish sales so far -- although reviewers praised the sound quality. Mark Gurman, Bloomberg.com, "Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019," 25 June 2018 The Italian economy was sluggish, while Iran was poised to develop rapidly, having promised to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons in exchange for relief from crippling international sanctions. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Italy’s Economy Was Humming Nicely. Then Came Trump.," 22 June 2018 The collapse comes amidst a flurry of bad news for Brazil, including the worst recession in a half-century, the possible impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, fears about the Zika virus, and sluggish Olympic ticket sales. Jonathan Franklin, Popular Mechanics, "Huge Wave Twists Apart Bike Track in Rio de Janeiro: 2 Dead," 21 Apr. 2016 Slowing growth in China has rattled U.S. companies and the stock market, exacerbated by Apple Inc.’s revenue warning to start the year, which the phone maker blamed largely on a sluggish Chinese demand. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM Sees Boost to Profit From Job Cuts," 11 Jan. 2019 Photo: Double Fine / Boneloaf A fun party game featuring sluggish, blob-like characters. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "The 13 best games for your new PC," 26 Dec. 2018 Arlington’s turn toward the private sector began at the least likely moment—during the national streak of sluggish growth that followed the Great Recession. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "How Arlington Lured Amazon With Low Costs," 14 Dec. 2018 One possible reason for the sluggish growth is pretty simple: price. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Sling TV growth slows dramatically amid HBO standoff and greater competition," 8 Nov. 2018 My one-year-old Series 3 is by no means sluggish, but the Series 4 is noticeably faster when completing simple and complex tasks. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch Series 4 review: A bigger, better watchOS experience," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sluggish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sluggish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sluggish

: moving slowly or lazily

sluggish

adjective
slug·​gish | \ ˈslə-gish \

Kids Definition of sluggish

: slow in movement or reaction … his sluggish brain was hardly working at all.— Dick King-Smith, Pigs Might Fly

Other Words from sluggish

sluggishly adverb

sluggish

adjective
slug·​gish | \ ˈsləg-ish \

Medical Definition of sluggish

: markedly slow in movement, progression, or response sluggish healing

Other Words from sluggish

sluggishly adverb
sluggishness noun

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