Sluggish meaning

slŭgĭsh
Not active; slow or slow-moving; dull.
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Displaying little movement or activity; slow; inactive.

A sluggish stream; sluggish growth.

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Not functioning with normal vigor.
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The definition of sluggish is slow, very tired or inactive.

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.

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Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man.

And the sluggish land slumbers in utter neglect. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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Slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream.
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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.

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Characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple.
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Inflation has been rising despite sluggish economy.

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Slow to perform or respond to stimulation.
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Lacking energy, alertness, or vigor; indisposed to exertion; slothful.
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Lacking alertness, vigor, or energy; inert or indolent.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
sluggish
Comparative
sluggishest
Superlative
sluggishest

Origin of sluggish

  • Middle English probably from slugge lazy person slug2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition