sluggish

adjective

slug·​gish ˈslə-gish How to pronounce sluggish (audio)
1
: averse to activity or exertion : indolent
also : torpid
2
: slow to respond (as to stimulation or treatment)
3
a
: markedly slow in movement, flow, or growth
b
: economically inactive or slow
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
Recent Examples on the Web However, federal data suggests that inflation can hardly be blamed for causing sluggish foot traffic at failing restaurants. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 16 July 2024 In the letter, Smith wrote that Tinder enjoyed enviable and viral growth for years but has been stymied of late by sluggish innovation. Rohan Goswami, CNBC, 15 July 2024 Fortune China’s sluggish growth China’s economy grew at a slower-than-forecast 4.7% annual rate in the second quarter of the year, which economists blame on weak consumer demand. Kathryn Preston, Fortune, 15 July 2024 So, for now, the Afghan government is largely confronting the impacts of global warming on its own and putting the blame for floods and sluggish governmental aid on foreigners. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 13 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for sluggish 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sluggish was in the 15th century

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“Sluggish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sluggish. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sluggish

adjective
slug·​gish ˈsləg-ish How to pronounce sluggish (audio)
: slow in movement or reaction by habit or condition
sluggishly adverb
sluggishness noun

Medical Definition

sluggish

adjective
slug·​gish ˈsləg-ish How to pronounce sluggish (audio)
: markedly slow in movement, progression, or response
sluggish healing
sluggishly adverb
sluggishness noun

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