sluggish

adjective
slug·​gish | \ ˈslə-gish How to pronounce sluggish (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The Dallas-area’s high-end home sector is seeing a more sluggish recovery. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Luxury home sales are lagging in D-FW," 25 June 2020 China’s e-commerce has picked up steam even though overall consumer sentiment remains sluggish: Online sales of goods in May grew 22% from a year ago, while overall retail sales have declined year over year every month in 2020. ... Jacky Wong, WSJ, "As Covid-19 Rages, Alibaba’s Chinese Rivals Steal a March," 24 June 2020 The default Sport mode is a little sluggish on throttle response, but one click up into Sport Plus is perfect for vigorous street driving. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe Is More Than Just a Beauty, It's an All-Around Charmer," 23 June 2020 In Ohio, testing has been sluggish -- with the state ranking at the bottom of all states, territories and Washington D.C. cleveland, "Ohio has had 46,127 coronavirus cases, up 590: Gov. Mike DeWine’s Tuesday update," 23 June 2020 The primary culprit for the sluggish activity was the lack of homes available due to the pandemic; sellers were wary of spreading COVID-19, and buyers were worried about catching it. Agya K. Aning, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Metro Milwaukee homes sales in May tumble 25% compared with last year," 19 June 2020 But an ageing, economically sluggish continent is not exactly a long-term growth and profits motor. The Economist, "And on the second day... Can Amazon keep growing like a youthful startup?," 18 June 2020 With a few exceptions, A Convenient Death is about as up to the moment as the sluggish book-publishing industry might allow. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Letting Jeffrey Epstein’s Pals Off the Hook," 17 June 2020 The carrier may also face a fare war with European discounters led by Ryanair Holdings Plc and years of sluggish demand on usually money-spinning long-haul routes. Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg.com, "Lufthansa Says 22,000 Jobs Could Go in Costs Purge," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of sluggish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jun 2020

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“Sluggish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sluggish. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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sluggish

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English Language Learners Definition of sluggish

: moving slowly or lazily

sluggish

adjective
slug·​gish | \ ˈslə-gish How to pronounce sluggish (audio) \

Kids Definition of sluggish

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

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sluggishly adverb

sluggish

adjective
slug·​gish | \ ˈsləg-ish How to pronounce sluggish (audio) \

Medical Definition of sluggish

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

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