- An example of a sluggish drain is a kitchen sink that is draining very slowly.
- An example of a sluggish person is someone moving very slowly with his work duties.
The definition of sluggish is slow, very tired or inactive.
- lacking energy, alertness, or vigor; indisposed to exertion; slothful
- not active; slow or slow-moving; dull
- not functioning with normal vigor
Origin of sluggishfrom slug + -ish
- Displaying little movement or activity; slow; inactive: a sluggish stream; sluggish growth.
- Lacking alertness, vigor, or energy; inert or indolent.
- Slow to perform or respond to stimulation.
Origin of sluggishMiddle English probably from slugge lazy person ; see slug 2.
(comparative sluggisher or more sluggish, superlative sluggishest or most sluggish)
- Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man.
- And the sluggish land slumbers in utter neglect. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream.
- Having no power to move one's self or itself; inert.
- Matter, being impotent, sluggish, and inactive, hath no power to stir or move itself. -- Woodward
- Characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple.
- Exhibiting economic decline, inactivity, slow or subnormal growth.
- Inflation has been rising despite sluggish economy.