The definition of stagnant is someone or something that has little or no movement or activity.
An example of stagnant is a pond in which the water is not moving.
- not flowing or moving
- foul from lack of movement: said of water, etc.
- not active, alert, etc.; sluggish: a stagnant mind
Origin of stagnantClassical Latin stagnans, present participle of stagnare: see stagnate
- Not flowing or moving, and often foul-smelling or stale: stagnant ponds; stagnant air.
- Showing little or no activity or vitality; inactive or sluggish: a stagnant economy; a stagnant mind.
Origin of stagnantLatin stagnans, stagnant-, present participle of stagnare, to be stagnant; see stagnate.
(comparative more stagnant, superlative most stagnant)