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sluggish

[sluhg-ish] /ˈslʌg ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
indisposed to action or exertion; lacking in energy; lazy; indolent:
a sluggish disposition.
2.
not acting or working with full vigor, as bodily organs:
a sluggish liver.
3.
slow to act or respond:
a sluggish car engine.
4.
moving slowly, or having little motion, as a stream.
5.
slow, as motion.
6.
slack, as trade, business, or sales.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English slugissh. See slug1, -ish1
Related forms
sluggishly, adverb
sluggishness, noun
unsluggish, adjective
unsluggishly, adverb
unsluggishness, noun
Synonyms
1. slow, slothful. See inactive.
Antonyms
1. quick, active.
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Examples for sluggish
  • Symptoms of hypoglycemia can range from acting sluggish and dull to seizures.
  • The real problem is that many people are struggling because of the sluggish economy.
  • Few history departments went unscathed when it came to hiring in this year's sluggish economy.
  • It is also that sluggish growth may prevent it from cutting its deficit significantly.
  • It grunts, it drools, and it's about as sluggish as a couch potato.
  • They exhibited much intellectual and physical activity during their dominance, and then they became sluggish and finally degraded.
  • In fact, in this still sluggish economy, it seems to be one of the few growth industries.
  • Military-backed efforts to find an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress are making sluggish progress.
  • So if you're feeling a little sluggish or off, try drinking some water as your first recourse.
  • They are generally sluggish fish but are capable of impressive bursts of speed.
British Dictionary definitions for sluggish

sluggish

/ˈslʌɡɪʃ/
adjective
1.
lacking energy; inactive; slow-moving
2.
functioning at below normal rate or level
3.
exhibiting poor response to stimulation
Derived Forms
sluggishly, adverb
sluggishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sluggish
sluggish
mid-15c., from M.E. slugge "lazy person" (see sluggard). Earlier adj. was sluggi (early 13c.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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