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
Wages, a good gauge of labour demand, are growing sluggishly.
There real value-added rose only sluggishly, but employment expanded
  significantly.
To be sure, consumers often respond sluggishly to events, but this crisis has
  not suddenly crept up on people.
For the past few years, the world's production capacity has grown only
  sluggishly.
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