sluggish

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slug +‎ -ish

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sluggish (comparative sluggisher or more sluggish, superlative sluggishest or most sluggish)

  1. Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man.
    And the sluggish land slumbers in utter neglect. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. Slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream.
  3. 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. Characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple.
  5. Exhibiting economic decline, inactivity, slow or subnormal growth.
    Inflation has been rising despite sluggish economy.

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