[syn: inert, sluggish, soggy, torpid]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Inert \In*ert"\, a. [L. iners, inertis, unskilled, idle; pref.
in- + ars art: cf. F. inerte. See Art.]
1. Destitute of the power of moving itself, or of active
resistance to motion; as, matter is inert.
2. Indisposed to move or act; very slow to act; sluggish;
dull; inactive; indolent; lifeless.
The inert and desponding party of the court.
It present becomes extravagant, then imbecile, and
at length utterly inert. --I. Taylor.
3. Not having or manifesting active properties; not affecting
other substances when brought in contact with them;
powerless for an expected or desired effect; as, the noble
gases are chemically inert.
Syn: Inactive; dull; passive; indolent; sluggish; slothful;
lazy; lifeless; irresolute; stupid; senseless;
Usage: Inert, Inactive, Sluggish. A man may be inactive
from mere lack of stimulus to effort; but one who is
inert has something in his constitution or his habits
which operates like a weight holding him back from
exertion. Sluggish is still stronger, implying some
defect of temperament which directly impedes action.
Inert and inactive are negative, sluggish is positive.
Even the favored isles . . .
Can boast but little virtue; and, inert
Through plenty, lose in morals what they gain
In manners -- victims of luxurious ease.
Doomed to lose four months in inactive
Sluggish Idleness, the nurse of sin,
Upon a slothful ass he chose to ride. --Spenser.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: unable to move or resist motion
2: having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically
inactive; "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a
reaction" [syn: inert, indifferent, neutral]
3: slow and apathetic; "she was fat and inert"; "a sluggish
worker"; "a mind grown torpid in old age" [syn: inert,
sluggish, soggy, torpid]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
144 Moby Thesaurus words for "inert":
abeyant, abiotic, apathetic, asleep, azoic, benumbed, blase, bored,
cataleptic, catatonic, changeless, constant, contemplative, dead,
debilitated, do-nothing, dopey, dormant, droopy, drugged, dull,
dumb, enervated, exanimate, flat, foul, groggy, heavy,
hebetudinous, idle, immobile, immutable, impassive, impotent,
in abeyance, in suspense, inactive, inanimate, inanimated,
incommutable, inconvertible, indefeasible, indolent, insensate,
insensible, insentient, insusceptible of change, intransmutable,
invariable, irretrievable, irreversible, irrevocable, jaded,
lackadaisical, laissez-aller, laissez-faire, languid, languorous,
lasting, latent, lazy, leaden, lethargic, lifeless, listless, logy,
lumpish, meditative, moribund, motionless, mute, neuter, neutral,
noble, nonconscious, nonliving, nonreturnable, nonreversible, numb,
otiose, paralytic, paralyzed, passive, permanent, phlegmatic,
pooped, powerless, procrastinating, quiescent, quiet, quietist,
quietistic, reverseless, sated, sedentary, senseless, slack,
sleeping, sleepy, slothful, slow, sluggish, slumbering, smoldering,
somnolent, soulless, stagnant, stagnating, standing, standpat,
static, stationary, still, stolid, stultified, supine, suspended,
tame, torpid, unalterable, unalterative, unaltered, unanimated,
unaroused, unchangeable, unchanged, unchanging, unconscious,
undeflectable, undeviating, unfeeling, unmodifiable, unremitting,
unresponsive, unrestorable, unreturnable, unsusceptible,
unvariable, unvarying, vegetable, vegetative, wan, weary,