Definition of sluggish in English:



  • 1Slow-moving or inactive.

    ‘a sluggish stream’
    • ‘The sound of gunfire here in the rolling landscape of northeast France, with the River Some flowing its sluggish course five miles to the south, held an irony we could well appreciate.’
    • ‘Cape clawless otters spend most of their active time in water - especially in quiet ponds, marshes, and sluggish type streams.’
    • ‘New day, same old story - that's the opinion of most motorists who drive through Newry to work or on school runs as they patiently sit in sluggish traffic jams.’
    • ‘Blood stasis is a condition in which the flow of blood in the veins has become sluggish and slow.’
    • ‘Sand tigers are strong but slow moving relatively sluggish sharks that spend most of their time near the bottom looking for food.’
    • ‘After that, for most of the year, the river in Delhi is a sluggish stream of pure sewage.’
    • ‘The win was made all the more important after UW endured a somewhat sluggish start to the season, falling in their season opener against Windsor earlier this month.’
    • ‘I always wondered why no one crossed via the Rio Grande, a sluggish stream when I passed over it.’
    • ‘The river is generally slow and sluggish, the only reasonable chance of success being with a spinner to give the lure some life.’
    • ‘The lake was a bit more than a mile from the nearest road: not wilderness exactly, but a very long way to hurry over a rough track with a rucksack on your back containing fifty litres of water and a dozen sluggish trout.’
    • ‘This sluggish growth will impede the creation of job opportunities, while skyrocketing inflation will definitely decrease people's real incomes.’
    • ‘The flow in the Ilam Stream has tended to become very sluggish in dry seasons.’
    • ‘However, the sluggish progress of the monsoon and the rising inflation rate as a result of higher crude oil prices has stemmed the possibility of a runaway rally.’
    • ‘Anywhere a track runs down to the shore will do; park the car and watch egrets flapping lazily across the fat and sluggish stream.’
    • ‘What was once a sluggish, silted and overgrown stream has been transformed into a gushing torrent thanks to the hard work of a conservation team.’
    • ‘As you're standing on the Willare or Fitzroy bridges and watching the brown water surge past it's amazing to think that by October it'll be back to a tame sluggish river.’
    • ‘The saturation of the filter elements and the transducer cavity is a very important step to avoid a slow and sluggish pore water pressure response.’
    inactive, quiet, slow, slow-moving, slack, flat, depressed, stagnant, static
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    1. 1.1 Lacking energy or alertness.
      ‘Alex woke late feeling tired and sluggish’
      • ‘Money is remiss in its ability to ignite the spirit, and my sluggish muscles betray any conscious compensation I may try to make.’
      • ‘I need to sustain my energy without eating so much I become sluggish.’
      • ‘If you're sluggish, pump quick energy into your system by eating simple carbohydrates.’
      • ‘If you feel sluggish or cold back bends will give you energy by stimulating the Kidneys.’
      • ‘Add to that the lingering effects of injuries, and the defending Pacific champion looked sluggish and uninterested.’
      • ‘Simplistically speaking, ginseng calms hyper people and gives sluggish people energy.’
      • ‘‘I felt lethargic and sluggish about things and felt something quite fundamental was not right,’ she says.’
      • ‘Henman is looking sluggish and lacking in confidence but manages to fight back from - 30 down to hold.’
      • ‘The body can only tolerate a certain level of these toxins before they begin to build up and make us sluggish, lethargic, irritable and disillusioned with life.’
      • ‘Rapid fluctuations in blood sugar can leave you feeling sluggish and lethargic, or even downright irritable and hungry again a mere hour after eating.’
      • ‘A typical Scottish fry-up will send them back into sluggish lethargy.’
      • ‘I think the days that I haven't been active is when I start feeling very sluggish and I lose the energy, I don't think as clearly.’
      • ‘He appears sluggish and slow, lacking Marcus's energy and sex appeal.’
      • ‘They were lethargic, sluggish and devoid of any ideas of how to break down the defence of the Lions.’
      • ‘All the members called him Sloth, which perfectly reflected his sluggish and torpid personality.’
      • ‘If your employees are sluggish and lack the passion and drive that you see in all those television ads of successful companies forging ahead, how can you give them a boost?’
      • ‘I was feeling so sluggish and now I have so much more energy and want to do more - I actually want to get up and be active and go out.’
      • ‘Slowly, weakly, he curled his arms back around her, his movements sluggish and uncaring.’
      • ‘It's easy to feel sluggish at the beginning of the year, especially after a fortnight of festive celebration and scoff.’
      • ‘My introspection loses a lot of its working energy and becomes sluggish, gloomy, self-nagging and self-doubting.’
      lethargic, listless, lacking in energy, unenergetic, lifeless, inert, inactive, slow, torpid, dull, languid, apathetic, passive, unresponsive, weary, tired, fatigued, sleepy, half asleep, drowsy, heavy-eyed, enervated, somnolent
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    2. 1.2 Slow to respond or make progress.
      ‘the car had been sluggish all morning’
      • ‘The number of leasehold interests coming to the market is expected to increase this year due to the sluggish performance of the global economy.’
      • ‘The Fed is predicted to respond to the more sluggish economy by lowering rates.’
      • ‘The controls were sluggish and would not respond to input.’
      • ‘It's no secret that the past few years have been challenging for the art industry as it has dealt with a sluggish economy and many other global struggles.’
      • ‘However, the prolonged sluggish economy has slowed the agency's debt restructuring talks with the companies with which it holds the loans.’
      • ‘To describe progress as sluggish would be to exaggerate the slug's capacity for forward motion.’
      • ‘The moves come in an effort to increase revenue in a year which will see the economy slow considerably, bringing sluggish tax revenues and vastly reduced consumer spending.’
      • ‘Even if we're headed in that direction and the progress is irritatingly sluggish, one shouldn't be grouching about it.’
      • ‘But the sluggish global economy has led many foreign firms to slow overseas expansion, offsetting some of that this year, analysts said.’
      • ‘They see a sluggish global economy and remain unconvinced that the weak earnings outlook across most of industry is going to improve.’
      • ‘A test on the site showed that response times were unusually sluggish and downloads slow.’
      • ‘The sluggish progress results from suspicion and buck-passing on both sides.’
      • ‘They said China relies heavily on exports, though its export growth is expected to slow down due to the sluggish world economy.’
      • ‘Finance officials conceded that their job of promoting prosperity was being made harder by the sluggish global economy.’
      • ‘Multilateral trade agreements are far preferable, but because of the sluggish progress made under the Doha round - and it will always be so, I fear.’
      • ‘Engines usually idle slower and are sluggish to respond until they warm up.’
      • ‘Operating right at 2,000 pounds over gross, the airplane was sluggish in responding to takeoff power, a good thing as it turned out.’
      • ‘This is especially important today as consumers keep a weary eye on the sluggish economy before buying big-ticket items.’
      • ‘China's stock market is the only one on the rise amid the sluggish global economy.’
      • ‘Despite slowing growth and a sluggish economy, processors remain optimistic about opportunities to boost cheese consumption.’


Late Middle English: from the noun slug or the verb slug (see sluggard) + -ish.