• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sluggish slow and apathetic "she was fat and inert","a sluggish worker","a mind grown torpid in old age"
    • adj sluggish (of business) not active or brisk "business is dull (or slow)","a sluggish market"
    • adj sluggish moving slowly "a sluggish stream"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sluggish Characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple. "So sluggish a conceit."
    • Sluggish Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man.
    • Sluggish 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.""And the sluggish land slumbers in utter neglect."
    • Sluggish Slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sluggish Slow; having or giving evidence of little motion: as, a sluggish stream.
    • sluggish Idle and lazy, habitually or temporarily; indolent; slothful; dull; inactive.
    • sluggish Inert; inactive; torpid.
    • sluggish Dull; tame; stupid.
    • sluggish Synonyms Lazy, Slothful, etc. (see idle); slack, supine, phlegmatic, apathetic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sluggish habitually lazy: slothful: having little motion: having little or no power
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.”
  • George Bush
    George Bush
    “We are enjoying sluggish times and not enjoying them very much.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Dan. slug, sluk, drooping, Norw. sloka, to slouch; Low Ger. slukkern, to be loose; allied to slack.


In literature:

Yield then, but with a sluggish, cold indifference.
"Lysistrata" by Aristophanes
His mind must be singularly aroused, to wander out of its normal limits of sluggish, dull content.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He fell stunned and unstruggling upon the ebbless and sluggish waves.
"Falkland, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The Isis is but a narrow stream, and with a sluggish current.
"Passages From the English Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Splendid exercise, and so good for your sluggish old liver.
"Hide and Seek" by Wilkie Collins
A sticky motor or sluggish weight would give this effect.
"Diary of a U-Boat Commander" by Anonymous
This river of ours is the most sluggish stream that I ever was acquainted with.
"Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Alejo seemed to take no heed of what she said; he became more sluggish, and had no mind for anything but sleeping all day.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
That is the reason why she is a little sluggish.
"With Moore at Corunna" by G. A. Henty
It is a very majestic but somewhat sluggish stream, and its water is not very good.
"Cetywayo and his White Neighbours" by H. Rider Haggard
They were strong but sluggish, not active but non-tiring.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
It was only his right arm that was affected by paralysis, and moved rather sluggishly.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
It was only his right arm that was affected by paralysis, and moved rather sluggishly.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Great as is the transformation produced by a short term of years, each single day creeps through the Puritan settlement sluggishly enough.
"Main Street" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
His mere appearance stirs the most sluggish spirit.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
Does your sluggish mind rise to the occasion?
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The "slack" Beowulf, like the sluggish Brutus, ultimately reveals his true character, and is presented with a historic sword of honor.
"Beowulf" by Unknown
If the hurdles are too low, the boy becomes flaccid, flabby, sluggish, and lethargic.
"The Reconstructed School" by Francis B. Pearson
His better self was as sluggish as the brute, and his desire of art as numb as his desire of vice.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
Now the turbellarian is small and sluggish, with a fair digestive system.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler

In poetry:

The sweetest green
Can now be seen,—
The worm begins to creep;
Then why should we
Act sluggishly,
Or waste our time in sleep?
"To Spring" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
But too, too slow for lovers' haste
The sluggish bark appeared to move;
Still lengthening seemed the watry waste,
To thy fond glances, eager love!
"The Origin of the Sail" by Amelia Opie
A day of torpor in the sullen heat
Of Summer's passion: In the sluggish stream
The panting cattle lave their lazy feet,
With drowsy eyes, and dream.
"August" by James Whitcomb Riley
Where neither bird
Nor beast has stirred,
The spotted bullfrog's croak is heard.
The wind is high,
The grasses sigh,
The sluggish stream goes sobbing by.
"On The River" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
How earnest some will beg ('tis strange to say!)
For pence, or food their hunger to remove;
And yet how sluggishly the same will pray
For mercy, and the glorious joys above?
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
Awake, my sluggish soul! from sleep awake,
And with a heart sincere attempt to sing
(In the most daring flight thy thoughts can take)
The glorious praises of th' eternal King!
"How A Person Ought To Rouse Up Both Body And Soul, In The Dead Of Night, To Praise His God " by Rees Prichard

In news:

After being sluggish in first two quarters, USC picks up pace, keeps its Pac-12 South hopes alive.
Don't feel guilty about sluggish college grad .
Miami and Seattle came out sluggish for the first fifteen minutes, combining for zero points, but the offenses began finding their rhythm in the second quarter.
Canadian job growth stalled in October after two months of strong hiring, Statistics Canada data showed on Friday, confirming expectations employment gains would ease to reflect sluggish economic growth.
One of those subjects is the role of newly created money in pumping up a sluggish economy.
The Second Avenue Subway project has been "plagued" by technical problems that have made for some sluggish progress, MTA officials said Monday.
Don't feel guilty about sluggish college grad.
But despite a sluggish economy, the number of new sites continues to grow.
Despite their sluggish start, the Griz volleyball team is confident in the direction they're headed.
On June 29, Congress voted to extend a program that keeps interest rate s on students loans low as graduates struggle to find jobs in a sluggish economy.
Small businesses overall saw declines in revenue in June, while hiring remained sluggish, according to the report.
Few think sluggish US economy will strengthen soon.
If you've been feeling a little sluggish or down-in-the-dumps lately, you might blame the calendar.
Alex Kirk scored 11 of his 12 points in the second half and No 18 New Mexico overcame a sluggish start to beat Valparaiso 65-52 on Saturday night.
We find again a sluggish adjustment of labor markets during the recovery from financial crises, but the nature of such adjustment depends on inflation.

In science:

An m, γ -presluggish point z is called m, γ -sluggish if during the first 3a′m2 log m excursions of the SRW from ∂D(z , rηm−1 ) to ∂D(z , rηm ), it visits z less than 4α(log rm )2 /π times, an event we denote hereafter by bLz ,m,η (α).
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
Consequently, in view of (6.4) and (6.5), any m, γ -sluggish point in D(y , rγm−2 ) is visited by the SRW less than 4α(log rm )2 /π times during its first nβm (a) excursions from ∂D(y , rγm−1 ) to ∂D(y , rγm ).
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
We thus complete the proof of Lemma 6.1 by showing that uniformly in y ∈ Bm,1 , with probability 1 − o(1m ) there exists an m, γ -sluggish point in any maximal set Zηm (y) of 4rηm -separated points in D(y , rγm−2 ).
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
We first show that an m, γ -presluggish point is with very high probability also m, γ -sluggish.
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
That is, first note that the probability that z is m, γ -sluggish depends on z /∈ D(0, bρ) only via the distribution of the SRW upon first hitting ∂D(z , bρ).
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
Since an m, γ -sluggish point is also m, γ -presluggish, it suffices to prove the upper bounds of (6.8) and (6.9) for P(z , z ′ are m, γ -presluggish).
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
In different regimes, however, aggressive activity functions can cause ‘sluggish mixing’, where the activity process evolves on a much slower time scale than the scaled queue lengths, yielding oscillatory fluid limits that follow random trajectories.
Queue-Based Random-Access Algorithms: Fluid Limits and Stability Issues
Sluggish mixing: erratic random fluid limits With the above aim in mind, we now turn to the case of sluggish mixing.
Queue-Based Random-Access Algorithms: Fluid Limits and Stability Issues
In order to show that sluggish mixing behavior itself need not imply instability, we first examine a complete K -partite graph as considered in , where the nodes can be partitioned into K ≥ 2 components.
Queue-Based Random-Access Algorithms: Fluid Limits and Stability Issues
As a consequence, the evolution of the system slows down and becomes sluggish when the particle density ρ increases: when ρ > ρc ≃ 0.88 the self-diffusion constant D vanishes .
Aging in a simple model of a structural glass
However, after a quench at low temperature the density of zeros become smaller and smaller and hence the relaxation become sluggish as the kinetic constraints are hardly satisfied.
Testing the Edwards hypothesis in spin systems under tapping dynamics
This manifests itself in a friction function that increases more and more for low frequency, making the motion more ≪ sluggish ≫.
Dynamics of two-dimensional Josephson junction arrays
Still, many dynamic properties of glass forming liquids and glasses are captured by these models, due to the sluggishness introduced by the constrained dynamic rules.
The effective temperature
It is confusing because it is added in momentum space, whereas the physical cutoff is in frequency space, to reflect the retardation effects expected from relatively sluggish phonons interacting with nimble electrons.
The polaron-like nature of an electron coupled to phonons
But galaxy-size fluctuations are preserved with warm dark matter, and all cosmologically relevant fluctuations survive in a universe dominated by the sluggishly moving cold dark matter.
Dark Matter and Structure Formation in the Universe