sluggish Definition

  • 1slow-moving or inactive
  • 2lacking energy or alertness
  • 3not performing well

Using sluggish: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sluggish" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The economy is still sluggish.

  • Example

    She felt sluggish after eating a heavy meal.

  • Example

    The team's performance was sluggish in the first half of the game.

sluggish Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for sluggish

Antonyms for sluggish

Idioms Using sluggish

  • a slow or unproductive beginning to a task or project


    The team got off to a sluggish start in the first quarter of the game.

  • a sluggish response

    a slow or inadequate reaction to a situation or problem


    The government's sluggish response to the pandemic has been widely criticized.

  • a brain that is slow to process information or respond to stimuli


    He felt like he had a sluggish brain after staying up all night studying.

Phrases with sluggish

  • an economy that is not growing or developing as quickly as it should be


    The country is facing a sluggish economy due to high unemployment rates.

  • a slow metabolic rate that can lead to weight gain and other health problems


    She has a sluggish metabolism, which makes it difficult for her to lose weight.

  • sluggish sales

    poor sales performance due to low demand or other factors


    The company is struggling with sluggish sales this quarter.

Origins of sluggish

from Old Norse 'slugr', meaning 'slow'


Summary: sluggish in Brief

The term 'sluggish' [ˈslʌɡɪʃ] describes something that is slow-moving, inactive, or lacking energy. It can refer to economies, metabolisms, sales, or performances, as in 'The team's performance was sluggish in the first half of the game.' 'Sluggish' also appears in idioms like 'a sluggish start,' denoting a slow or unproductive beginning, and 'a sluggish response,' indicating a slow or inadequate reaction.