- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for sluggish on Thesaurus.com
1. slow, slothful. See inactive.
1. quick, active.
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Examples from the Web for sluggish
Dolores has abundant gripes, late arrivals, and a sluggish pace among them.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway
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But if the sluggish status quo persists, then the candidate of “hope and change” will likely leave as divisive as his predecessor.Worst Fifth Year Ever? Maybe. But the Economy Will be the Judge of Obama
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Local authorities and international donors have come under intense criticism for what many see as a sluggish response.Typhoon Haiyan: The Philippine Village that Lost Its Men
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But in an age of sluggish consumer demand, any incremental increase is welcome.Chinese Consumers Are Buying Cherries Directly From American Farmers
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Hail to the cuddly giant panda, Sluggish slave of propangada.To Honor Canada Hosting Two Giant Pandas, Here's Ten Beautiful Photos of Pandas
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He wrestled with the big and sluggish stone, as if it had been a living enemy.Tanglewood Tales
And how, on the other hand, are we to strengthen it, to quicken its sluggish blood?The Book of Khalid
The cold air entering by the open window, whipped his sluggish blood.Therese Raquin
When the climate was warm they were active; when the climate was cold they were sluggish.The Meaning of Evolution
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A thousand feet below was the white lake, sluggish and dead.The Martian Cabal
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- 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 sluggish
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