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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Other Words from sluggish

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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The combination of Fed rate increases and sluggish inflation should continue to reduce the dispersion between two- and 10-year Treasury yields, Mr. Sullivan said. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Government Two-Year Yield Rises to Highest in Almost a Decade," 12 July 2018 Late last week, zoo staff noticed that Naku appeared sluggish. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Naku, one of the Milwaukee County Zoo's female gorillas, died Saturday," 30 Apr. 2018 Despite continuing professions of improved parity in women's basketball, the teams at the top have been able to achieve and maintain separation and to make relatively accomplished opponents seem sluggish. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville women's basketball is taking the fast lane to the Final Four | Tim Sullivan," 25 Mar. 2018 Northeastern seemed sluggish on the power play, but when the Huskies were able to threaten, Hayden Hawkey made impressive saves on Adam Gaudette and Nolan Stevens in the second period. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "Northeastern falls to Providence in OT," 17 Mar. 2018 If your network seems sluggish, unplug both gadgets for at least 30 seconds. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 ways to fix your home Wi-Fi problems," 2 Mar. 2018 China’s total trade surplus with all its trading partners also widened sharply, to $41.61 billion in June, chiefly, economists said, because of a weakening economy—with sluggish demand for imports rather than markedly stronger exports. WSJ, "China’s Trade Surplus With U.S. Hits Record as Fight Intensifies," 13 July 2018 The thinking goes like this: Better to inflict some pain now, in the form of higher joblessness and sluggish wage growth, than to allow more pain later. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains," 13 July 2018 State revenues have been held back by sluggish wage growth and by changes in people’s consumption patterns. David Harrison, WSJ, "Many States Are Likely Unprepared for Next Downturn," 8 July 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

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