Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or suffering from anemia.
  • adj. Lacking vitality; listless and weak: an anemic attempt to hit the baseball; an anemic economic recovery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to anemia.
  • adj. Weak; listless; lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or affected with anemia; deficient in blood; bloodless: as, anemic symptoms; an anemic patient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to anemia or suffering from anemia
  • adj. lacking vigor or energy

Etymologies

From anemia +‎ -ic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Despite the fretting of many Wall Street pundits, U.S. consumer spending, albeit anemic, is still growing.

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  • The friction is likely to get rougher if many major economies remain anemic, as projected.

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  • I checked the newscritics comments on the launch of Season 2 - reminds me of the "love to hate" stuff with Studio 60, but in anemic numbers and fewer words, so maybe the fun of that groove is wearing off.

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  • Washington was particularly anemic from the floor in the first half, shooting 26 percent (7-of-27) overall and missing all nine of its 3-point attempts.

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  • "I would use the word anemic," said Shaun Bowler, a political science professor at the University of California Riverside.

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  • The recruitment program is described as anemic, training as "severely deficient in nearly every respect," and supervision as poor or in some cases nonexistent.

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  • According to the New York Times, "His (Lakes) failed nomination in 1997 to become C.I.A. director became bogged down as Congressional critics of the Clinton administration chided Mr. Lake for what they called his anemic response to campaign fund-raising abuses that swirled around President Bill Clinton while Mr. Lake was national security adviser.

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  • The governor said his own budgeting assumes zero growth in state government revenues for fiscal year starting July 1, 2009, and 3 percent - "anemic" - the following fiscal year.

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  • Characterized by anemic growth, the U.S. economy showed signs of hope today when a band of YouTube users outlined a plan for a full economic recovery.

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  • That's why if you are anemic, that is have fewer functioning red blood cells, you feel run down.

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  • I think this is just a case of you fitting your mental image to the word. Of course, the vowel sound makes it seem small. "a-nee-mic", "wee", "teeny".

    December 16, 2006

  • This is one of those great ones that really evokes its meaning... almost borders on an onomatopoeia. Doesn't it just sound like the flattest word ever?

    December 15, 2006