sluggish

play
adjective slug·gish \ˈslə-gish\

Definition of sluggish

  1. 1 :  averse to activity or exertion :  indolent; also :  torpid

  2. 2 :  slow to respond (as to stimulation or treatment)

  3. 3a :  markedly slow in movement, flow, or growthb :  economically inactive or slow

sluggishly

adverb

sluggishness

noun

Examples of sluggish in a sentence

  1. The game picked up after a sluggish start.

  2. the sluggish pace of the project is worrisome

15th Century

First Known Use of sluggish

15th century


SLUGGISH Defined for English Language Learners

sluggish

play
adjective slug·gish \ˈslə-gish\

Definition of sluggish for English Language Learners

  • : moving slowly or lazily


SLUGGISH Defined for Kids

sluggish

play
adjective slug·gish \ˈslə-gish\

Definition of sluggish for Students

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

sluggishly

adverb

Medical Dictionary

sluggish

play
adjective slug·gish \ˈsləg-ish\

Medical Definition of sluggish

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

sluggishly

adverb

sluggishness

noun


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sluggish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a person who is a bore or nuisance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!