Related formsnon·a·nae·mic, adjectivepseu·do·a·nae·mic, adjectiveun·a·nae·mic, adjective
Pathology. suffering from anemia.
lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness; listless; weak: an anemic effort; anemic tones.
Origin of anemic
Related formsa·ne·mi·cal·ly, adverbnon·a·ne·mic, adjectivepseu·do·a·ne·mic, adjectiveun·a·ne·mic, adjective
First recorded in 1830–40; anem(ia)
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Examples from the Web for anaemic
Historical Examples of anaemic
I had tended her day and night, and this, in addition to the grief I was suffering, made me anaemic.
The uniform paleness of her complexion was not that of an anaemic girl.
Do you imagine that this anaemic youth was capable of so frightful an assault?
A gaunt, anaemic southerner, who was with the party of idlers, spoke up.
Young lovers were pale and anaemic beside that long-married pair.
British Dictionary definitions for anaemic
relating to or suffering from anaemia
pale and sickly looking; lacking vitality
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Word Origin and History for anaemic
c.1840; see anaemia + -ic. Figurative sense by 1898.
alternative (chiefly U.S.) spelling of anaemic (q.v.). See ae.
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