Definition of sluggish in English:


Syllabification: slug·gish
Pronunciation: /ˈsləgiSH


  • 1Slow-moving or inactive: a sluggish stream
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    • Cape clawless otters spend most of their active time in water - especially in quiet ponds, marshes, and sluggish type streams.
    • Anywhere a track runs down to the shore will do; park the car and watch egrets flapping lazily across the fat and sluggish stream.
    • I always wondered why no one crossed via the Rio Grande, a sluggish stream when I passed over it.
  • 1.1Lacking energy or alertness: Alex woke late feeling tired and sluggish
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    • My introspection loses a lot of its working energy and becomes sluggish, gloomy, self-nagging and self-doubting.
    • If you're sluggish, pump quick energy into your system by eating simple carbohydrates.
    • Simplistically speaking, ginseng calms hyper people and gives sluggish people energy.
    lethargic, listless, lacking in energy, lifeless, inert, inactive, underactive, slow, torpid, languid, apathetic, weary, tired, fatigued, sleepy, drowsy, enervated; lazy, idle, indolent, slothful, sluggardly, logy; Medicine asthenic
    informal dozy, dopey
  • 1.2Slow to respond or make progress: the car had been sluggish all morning
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    • Engines usually idle slower and are sluggish to respond until they warm up.
    • But the sluggish global economy has led many foreign firms to slow overseas expansion, offsetting some of that this year, analysts said.
    • The Fed is predicted to respond to the more sluggish economy by lowering rates.



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  • The game opened very sluggishly with both sides guilty of poor finishing and it was only in the ninth minute that the scoreboard first saw some activity.
  • Europe has also maintained its prosperity, and although its economies are growing sluggishly, they are growing.
  • Touch it and it breaks up, rolls sluggishly away in pieces, like mercury.


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  • But sometimes fatigue and sluggishness are caused by an underactive thyroid and these external forces simply exacerbate an already stressed thyroid gland.
  • Earth's mass, moreover, measures Earth's inertia or sluggishness if we tried to stop or change its movement through space.
  • Stopping caffeine suddenly, however, can cause sluggishness, fatigue, headache and grumpiness.


late Middle English: from the noun slug1 or the verb slug (see sluggard) + -ish1.

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