Definitions

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

  • adj. Displaying little movement or activity; slow; inactive: a sluggish stream; sluggish growth.
  • adj. Lacking alertness, vigor, or energy; inert or indolent.
  • adj. Slow to perform or respond to stimulation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man.
  • adj. Slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream.
  • adj. Having no power to move one's self or itself; inert.
  • adj. Characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple.
  • adj. Exhibiting economic decline, inactivity, slow or subnormal growth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive.
  • adj. Slow; having little motion.
  • adj. Having no power to move one's self or itself; inert.
  • adj. Characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Slow; having or giving evidence of little motion: as, a sluggish stream.
  • Idle and lazy, habitually or temporarily; indolent; slothful; dull; inactive.
  • Inert; inactive; torpid.
  • Dull; tame; stupid.
  • Synonyms Lazy, Slothful, etc. (see idle); slack, supine, phlegmatic, apathetic.

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

  • adj. (of business) not active or brisk
  • adj. moving slowly
  • adj. slow and apathetic

Etymologies

Middle English, probably from slugge, lazy person; see slug2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Kremlin critics have blamed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for what they call a sluggish and ineffective government response to the fires, but polls have so far shown no decline in his popularity.

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  • So Ravell went on the air and appealed for calm, while criticizing what he called a sluggish government reaction.

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