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Definition of "sluggish" []

  • Displaying little movement or activity; slow; inactive: a sluggish stream; sluggish growth. (adjective)
  • Lacking alertness, vigor, or energy; inert or indolent. (adjective)
  • Slow to perform or respond to stimulation. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sluggish" in a sentence
  • "Hi, Gary, you mentioned I think with respect to the architectural business you used the word sluggish and I just wanted to confirm that that's just more of the general economics versus some acute factors or one-time factors that might have occurred within the quarter?"
  • "The skirmishes did not appear to be linked to Thursday's country-wide demonstrations organized by the main opposition party in protest of what they call a sluggish transition to democracy."
  • "Kremlin critics have blamed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for what they call a sluggish and ineffective government response to the fires, but polls have so far shown no decline in his popularity."