sluggish

adjective slug·gish \ ˈslə-gish \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of sluggish

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

  1. The game picked up after a sluggish start.

  2. the sluggish pace of the project is worrisome

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First Known Use of sluggish

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SLUGGISH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of sluggish for English Language Learners

  • : moving slowly or lazily


SLUGGISH Defined for Kids

sluggish

adjective slug·gish \ ˈslə-gish \

Definition of sluggish for Students

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

sluggishly

adverb

Medical Dictionary

sluggish

adjective slug·gish \ ˈsləg-ish \

medical Definition of sluggish

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

sluggishly

adverb

sluggishness

noun


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