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Synonyms for sluggish
ˈslʌg ɪʃslug·gish

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sluggish

    Idle in all uses rests upon its root meaning, as derived from the Anglo-Saxon idel, which signifies vain, empty, useless. Idle thus denotes not primarily the absence of action, but vain action — the absence of useful, effective action; the idle schoolboy may be very actively whittling his desk or tormenting his neighbors. Doing nothing whatever is the secondary meaning of idle. One may be temporarily idle of necessity; if he is habitually idle, it is his own fault. Lazy signifies indisposed to exertion, averse to labor; idleness is in fact; laziness is in disposition or inclination. A lazy person may chance to be employed in useful work, but he acts without energy or impetus. We speak figuratively of a lazy stream. The inert person seems like dead matter (characterized by inertia), powerless to move; the sluggish moves heavily and toilsomely; the most active person may sometimes find the bodily or mental powers sluggish. Slothful belongs in the moral realm, denoting a self-indulgent aversion to exertion. "The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth," Prov. xxvi, 15. Indolent is a milder term for the same quality; the slothful man hates action; the indolent man loves inaction. Compare VAIN.

    idle, inactive, indolent, inert, lazy, slothful, trifling, unemployed, unoccupied, vacant

    active, busy, diligent, employed, industrious, occupied, working

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sluggish

    slow, inert, indolent, phlegmatic, slothful, iazy

    active, quick, nervous, laborious

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sluggish, sulkyadjective

    moving slowly

    "a sluggish stream"

    gloomful, huffish, sulky, dull, glooming, inert, soggy, gloomy, torpid, slow

    active, fast

  2. dull, slow, sluggishadjective

    (of business) not active or brisk

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

    thudding, dim, wearisome, torpid, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, slow, obtuse, deadening, soggy, sulky, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, inert, dull, softened

    active, fast

  3. inert, sluggish, soggy, torpidadjective

    slow and apathetic

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

    miry, waterlogged, dull, torpid, doughy, sloughy, inert, squashy, swampy, sulky, slow, neutral, sloppy, marshy, quaggy, mucky, soggy, indifferent, hibernating(a), boggy, muddy, dormant

    active, fast

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sluggishadjective

    inert, inactive, indolent, idle, lazy, slothful, dronish, lumpish, supine, phlegmatic

  2. sluggishadjective

    slow, not brisk

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sluggishadjective

    idle, lazy, slothful, inactive, slow, inert

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "sluggish":

    slow, stagnant, lethargic, anemic, weak, morose, non-performing, slack, supine

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How to use sluggish in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. Qu Hongbin:

    Domestic economic activity is likely to remain sluggish and external demand looks uncertain, we believe more policy easing is still warranted at the current stage to support growth.

  3. Max Maizels:

    Most instances of bedwetting, whether they run in the family or not, have to do with heavy sleep and a sluggish coordination between bladder signals that say ‘take me to the bathroom’ and a deep level of sleep that prevents the signals from reaching awareness.

  4. Zhou Hao:

    The pace of slowdown in fixed-asset investment is relatively fast - dragged by the property sector, while the factory sector remains sluggish, overall, the economy is very weak and the central bank may have to continue cutting interest rates and banks' reserve requirement.

  5. Andreas Clenow:

    The U.S. markets look pretty healthy. We keep making record highs in the U.S. but the European stock markets look much more sluggish.

Translations for sluggish

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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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