AskDefine | Define sluggish

Dictionary Definition

sluggish adj
1 with little movement; very slow; "a sluggish stream"
2 (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market" [syn: dull, slow]
3 slow and apathetic; "she was fat and inert"; "a sluggish worker"; "a mind grown torpid in old age" [syn: inert, torpid]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man.
  2. Slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream.
  3. Having no power to move one's self or itself; inert.
  4. Characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple.


  • Matter, being impotent, sluggish, and inactive, hath no power to stir or move itself. -- Woodward
  • And the sluggish land slumbers in utter neglect. -- Longfellow
  • So sluggish a conceit. -- Milton

Derived terms


habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man
  • Finnish: hidas, laiska, veltto
slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream
  • Dutch: langzaam
  • Finnish: hidas, hiljainen, heikko
having no power to move one's self or itself; inert
  • Finnish: jähmeä, verkkainen
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: بێ تاقه‌ت
characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple
  • Finnish: hidas, hidasälyinen, verkkainen

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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