What does sluggish mean?

Definitions for sluggish
ˈslʌg ɪʃslug·gish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sluggish, sulkyadjective

    moving slowly

    "a sluggish stream"

  2. dull, slow, sluggishadjective

    (of business) not active or brisk

    "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"

  3. inert, sluggish, soggy, torpidadjective

    slow and apathetic

    "she was fat and inert"; "a sluggish worker"; "a mind grown torpid in old age"


  1. sluggishadjective

    Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man.

    And the sluggish land slumbers in utter neglect. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  2. sluggishadjective

    Slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream.

  3. sluggishadjective

    Having no power to move one's self or itself; inert.

    Matter, being impotent, sluggish, and inactive, hath no power to stir or move itself. -- Woodward

  4. sluggishadjective

    Characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple.

  5. sluggishadjective

    Exhibiting economic decline, inactivity, slow or subnormal growth.

    Inflation has been rising despite sluggish economy.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sluggishadjective

    Dull; drowsy; lazy; slothful; idle; insipid; slow; inactive; inert.

    Etymology: from slug.

    Sluggish idleness, the nurse of sin,
    Upon a slothful ass he chose to ride. Fairy Queen.

    The dull billows, thick as troubled mire,
    Whom neither wind out of their seat could force,
    Nor tides did drive out of their sluggish source. Edmund Spenser.

    One, bolder than the rest,
    With his broad sword provok’d the sluggish beast. Edmund Waller.

    Matter, being impotent, sluggish, and inactive, hath no power to stir or move itself. John Woodward.


  1. sluggish

    Sluggish refers to moving slowly or lacking energy, alertness, or responsiveness. It can describe someone or something that appears slower, less active, or less dynamic than usual. It is often used to describe physical movement, mental processes, economic activity, or mechanical performance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sluggishadjective

    habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man

  2. Sluggishadjective

    slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream

  3. Sluggishadjective

    having no power to move one's self or itself; inert

  4. Sluggishadjective

    characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sluggish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sluggish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sluggish in a Sentence

  1. Neil Saunders:

    At a time when growth in traditional soda is sluggish and when the shelves are being flooded with new and innovative beverages being a tired second-tier player doesn’t really cut it.

  2. Walter Scott:

    One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.

  3. Takuya Takahashi:

    We didn't get much clues on future U.S. rate hikes from the jobs report, so investors are having hard times deciding their positions, japanese companies' earnings reports are not helping sentiment, either, so the market may stay sluggish for a while.

  4. Zheng Weigang:

    The stock market was slightly buoyed by the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to hold interest rates, yet the rebound was sluggish on investors' concerns about the country's sagging economy and lack of positive sectoral news.

  5. Ryosuke Katagi:

    While carmakers are planning ‘revenge production’ in November and December, clouds still loom - semiconductor shortages will last until year-end at least, and no one knows if carmakers’ plans to avert the impact of chip shortages by adjusting their supply chains would succeed, dragged down by staple cars, sluggish export growth will last for the rest of 2021.

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  • trägeGerman
  • lento, huevón, haragán, tarado, estúpido, inútil, apagado, inerte, calmo, calmado, perezoso, pendejo, desganado, aburridoSpanish
  • hiljainen, heikko, laiska, hidasälyinen, veltto, verkkainen, jähmeä, hidasFinnish
  • rétamé, naze, poussif, poussive, faiblard, faiblardeFrench
  • ceanntromIrish
  • lassúHungarian
  • lentoItalian
  • بێ تاقه‌تKurdish
  • hōtoa, pūtumuMāori
  • langzaamDutch
  • opieszałyPolish
  • инертный, заторможенный, ленивый, неповоротливый, медленныйRussian
  • chậm chạpVietnamese

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