Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Displaying little movement or activity; slow; inactive.
  • adjective Lacking alertness, vigor, or energy; inert or indolent.
  • adjective Slow to perform or respond to stimulation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, probably from slugge, lazy person; see slug.]

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