Definition of stagnant in US English:

stagnant

adjective

  • 1(of a body of water or the atmosphere of a confined space) having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence.

    ‘a stagnant ditch’
    • ‘The wells were not drained and the ditches were filled with stagnant water.’
    • ‘It looks like fun, but the water here is stagnant and contaminated with raw sewage.’
    • ‘Although soybean is injured in flooded fields, it can thrive in stagnant, oxygen-deficient water in the glasshouse.’
    • ‘The smell of stagnant, rotting waters hung so thickly that the air was nearly unbreathable.’
    • ‘Her matted hair billowed out a bit as the stagnant unimaginably foul smelling air started to flow past them.’
    • ‘The abyss was stagnant, a body of water under massive pressure, barely warmer than freezing and utterly without light.’
    • ‘Algae, that green stuff in stagnant water, produces huge quantities of oxygen.’
    • ‘If your water has been stagnant for some time, treat it before you drink it.’
    • ‘Meat is sold from stalls on the side of stagnant puddles and children play in groups around the dirty water.’
    • ‘We walked for an hour and a half or so, well beyond the limits of the town to the point where the road and pavement came to an undignified end by a stony beach and a hollow of stagnant water.’
    • ‘Plants can't breathe if their roots are immersed in stagnant water.’
    • ‘The river flows toward the east, and wherever it enters stagnant waters, they are made fresh.’
    • ‘During the floods, Mr Rushworth saw his cellar fill with ten feet of stagnant flood water.’
    • ‘This passage was constructed primarily to solve the problem of strong odours from stagnant water and sewage in the inner harbour.’
    • ‘According to experts, stagnant water may become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.’
    • ‘The streets were still a bit damp and there were stagnant pools of water at many places.’
    • ‘The bottom waters of these lagoons were probably stagnant and provided an environment hostile to life.’
    • ‘The hot weather has been the main contributor to the rise in cases of wildlife being killed by botulism, which thrives in stagnant, warm water.’
    • ‘The took a compass bearing for the direction of the croaking and eventually reached stagnant, muddy pools, thick with a scum of dead insects.’
    • ‘Wade had a large clay pot with a big chip in the top in which he kept stagnant water, weeds, and any bugs that intrigued him.’
    still, motionless, immobile, inert, lifeless, dead, standing, slack, static, stationary
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    1. 1.1 Showing no activity; dull and sluggish.
      ‘a stagnant economy’
      • ‘Ryder pointed to the lack of strong and cohesive global rules on company behaviour as a major factor in the stagnant world economy.’
      • ‘Demand from the rich was stagnant throughout the period while that from overseas declined sharply in the 1930s.’
      • ‘The region is economically and politically stagnant, with endemic poverty.’
      • ‘The remaining 82 percent said capital spending would remain stagnant or decline.’
      • ‘As there are still no signs of improvement in the stagnant economy, job insecurity continues to aggravate.’
      • ‘The body politic is stagnant, its membership mediocre and undeservedly self-satisfied.’
      • ‘Generally, economic growth is stagnant at best, and at worst it goes into contraction.’
      • ‘But what would be the consequences of a housing market that is stagnant, possibly for years?’
      • ‘Does the Minister consider the claims that productivity in the sector is stagnant or declining are accurate?’
      • ‘Over the past few years, the economy has boomed while wages have remained stagnant.’
      • ‘A successful economy is attractive for foreign investors; they do not usually go to a stagnant economy.’
      • ‘Note that blight is not restricted to stagnant or declining regions and cities.’
      • ‘However, pay for similar work in the US has been relatively stagnant if not declining.’
      • ‘Profits remained similarly depressed, with performance in the European market stagnant.’
      • ‘They feel that the current Women's Union is a stagnant organisation, both socially and politically.’
      • ‘The chief concern of union officials is to secure the income of their apparatus in the face of a stagnant or declining dues base.’
      • ‘It is a chance to bring major foreign investment to one of Europe's most economically stagnant regions.’
      • ‘For a start, real wages have been stagnant or declined for the majority of workers.’
      • ‘In stagnant economies, urbanisation levels do not increase much.’
      • ‘Rising home values have propped up a stagnant economy and blunted criticisms of otherwise disastrous economic policies.’
      inactive, sluggish, slow, slow-moving, lethargic, static, flat, depressed, quiet, dull, declining, moribund, dying, dead, dormant, stagnating
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin stagnant- ‘forming a pool of standing water’, from the verb stagnare, from stagnum ‘pool’.

Pronunciation

stagnant

/ˈstaɡnənt//ˈstæɡnənt/