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sluggish

[ sluhg-ish ]
/ ˈslʌg ɪʃ /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of sluggish

First recorded in 1400–50, sluggish is from the late Middle English word slugissh. See slug1, -ish1

synonym study for sluggish

1. See inactive.

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British Dictionary definitions for sluggish

sluggish
/ (ˈslʌɡɪʃ) /

adjective
lacking energy; inactive; slow-moving
functioning at below normal rate or level
exhibiting poor response to stimulation

Derived forms of sluggish

sluggishly, adverbsluggishness, noun
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