sluggish

[sluhg-ish]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English slugissh. See slug1, -ish1

sluggishly, adverb
sluggishness, noun
unsluggish, adjective
unsluggishly, adverb
unsluggishness, noun


1. slow, slothful. See inactive.


1. quick, active.
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sluggish (ˈslʌɡɪʃ)
 
adj
1.  lacking energy; inactive; slow-moving
2.  functioning at below normal rate or level
3.  exhibiting poor response to stimulation
 
'sluggishly
 
adv
 
'sluggishness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

sluggish
mid-15c., from M.E. slugge "lazy person" (see sluggard). Earlier adj. was sluggi (early 13c.).
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Example sentences
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.
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