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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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  • Physical examinations revealed tachycardia and dilated, sluggishly reactive pupils in five of the six patients.
British Dictionary definitions for sluggishly

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 sluggishly

sluggish

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle English slugge "lazy person" (see sluggard) + -ish. Earlier adjective was sluggi (early 13c.). Related: Sluggishly; sluggishness.

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