- indisposed to action or exertion; lacking in energy; lazy; indolent: a sluggish disposition.
- not acting or working with full vigor, as bodily organs: a sluggish liver.
- slow to act or respond: a sluggish car engine.
- moving slowly, or having little motion, as a stream.
- slow, as motion.
- slack, as trade, business, or sales.
Origin of sluggish
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1. slow, slothful. See inactive.
1. quick, active.
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Examples from the Web for sluggishly
Crane watched Lauzanne go lazily, sluggishly down to the post for his race.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
It was then, for much of its distance, rather a dismal stream, sluggishly winding through marshes lined with alders.
In either case, they explain how it is that we have a world moving so sluggishly.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
When removed in a dry test tube, they began to move about sluggishly.Plague
Thomas Wright Jackson
The men came to sluggishly, their reactions pathetic and confused.Deepfreeze
Robert Donald Locke
- lacking energy; inactive; slow-moving
- functioning at below normal rate or level
- exhibiting poor response to stimulation
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Word Origin and History for sluggishly
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