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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Other Words from sluggish

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 Meanwhile, China’s consumer inflation rose by 0.7% in September, down from 0.8% the previous month, pointing to sluggish domestic demand. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 The sixth-year senior from Menlo Park was benched last week after sluggish play the first four games. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 That intriguing group helped enliven a sluggish offense. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 The delta variant has complicated the economic rebound around the world, and tourism, which fuels attendance at shows in both London and New York, is still at marginal levels, resulting in sluggish ticket sales. Brent Lang, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 Miami's coverage ability should make a sluggish Colts offense look even slower. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Oct. 2021 Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep Portland leaders from issuing swift condemnation of sluggish mail service. oregonlive, 1 Oct. 2021 The challenge now, Hoyer said, is to find ways to accelerate the sluggish administration of the vaccines. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Sep. 2021 While most industries fought sluggish sales during the lockdowns, the bike industry was overrun with requests from frustrated gym rats trying to stay fit, and even more frustrated parents (like me) trying to find something for the children to do. Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of sluggish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Oct 2021

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“Sluggish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sluggish. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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sluggish

adjective

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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sluggishly adverb
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