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)
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


SLUGGISH Defined for English Language Learners

sluggish

adjective

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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