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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).
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Sluggish(e, adj. Also: sluggische, slouggishe. [Late ME and e.m.E. slugissh (c1440), sluggyssh (Caxton), -ish (1560), slogish (1535), slouggish (1561); Slug v.] Idle, slothful, lacking industry or application, negligent. b. In fig. context: ? Sleepy. ? Sleep inducing. c1546 G. Wishart in Misc. Wodrow Soc. 22.
We rejecte … this monckely chastite, and all hole this slouthful and slouggishe sorte of lyfe of supersticious men
1570 Sat. P. xi 111.
Remuif all sluggische slewth away
1587 Carmichael Etym. 19.
Reses, sluggish
1615 Melrose P. 231.
If your lordship sall kythe cairles or … sluggishe in this great chairge, ye will increas the libertie of your ewilwillars
1615 Orkney & Shetl. Ct. Bk. in Misc. Maitl. C. II 184.
Thair is many inconstant sluggish and idle persones quha … gives themselffis to traffik and play the merchand and attends the repairing of shipps
1632 Lithgow Trav. x 429.
The Turke and the Irish-man are the least industrious and most sluggish liuers vnder the sunne
1632 Lithgow Trav. x 446.
This sluggish and idle husbandry
b. 1570 Sat. P. x 7.
Schir Morpheus … assailȝeit me With all his sluggische suldarts

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