adjective Date: 15th century 1. averse to activity or exertion ; indolent; also torpid 2. slow to respond (as to stimulation or treatment) 3. a. markedly slow in movement, flow, or growth b. economically inactive or slow • sluggishly adverbsluggishness noun

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  • sluggish — index despondent, inactive, indolent, languid, lax, lifeless (dull), otiose, phlegmatic …   Law dictionary

  • sluggish — mid 15c., from M.E. slugge lazy person (see SLUGGARD (Cf. sluggard)). Earlier adj. was sluggi (early 13c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sluggish — *lethargic, torpid, comatose Analogous words: inert, *inactive: indolent, slothful, *lazy: listless, languishing, *languid Antonyms: brisk: expeditious: quick (of mind) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sluggish — [adj] dull, slow moving apathetic, blah*, comatose, dopey*, down, dragging, draggy*, drippy*, heavy, hebetudinous, inactive, indolent, inert, laid back*, languid, languorous, leaden, lethargic, lifeless, listless, lumpish, mooney*, off,… …   New thesaurus

  • sluggish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) slow moving or inactive. 2) lacking energy or alertness. DERIVATIVES sluggishly adverb sluggishness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • sluggish — [slug′ish] adj. [< SLUG1 + ISH] 1. lacking energy, alertness, or vigor; indisposed to exertion; slothful 2. not active; slow or slow moving; dull 3. not functioning with normal vigor sluggishly adv. sluggishness n …   English World dictionary

  • sluggish — adjective a) Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man. And the sluggish land slumbers in utter neglect. b) Slow; having little motion; as, a s …   Wiktionary

  • sluggish — [[t]slʌ̱gɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED You can describe something as sluggish if it moves, works, or reacts much slower than you would like or is normal. The economy remains sluggish... Circulation is much more sluggish in the feet than in the hands. ...the …   English dictionary

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