adjective, slow·er, slow·est.
adverb, slow·er, slow·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of slow
Synonyms for slow
Antonyms for slow
Originally, slow was used both preceding and following the verb it modified. Today, it is used chiefly in imperative constructions with short verbs of motion ( drive, run, turn, walk, etc.), and it follows the verb: Drive slow. Don't walk so slow. This use is more common in speech than in writing, although it occurs widely on traffic and road signs. Slow also combines with present participles in forming adjectives: slow-burning; slow-moving. In this use it is standard in all varieties of speech and writing.
Slowly is by far the more common form of the adverb in writing. In both speech and writing it is the usual form in preverb position ( He slowly drove down the street. The couple slowly strolled into the park ) and following verbs that are not imperatives ( He drove slowly down the street. The couple strolled slowly through the park ). See also quick, sure.
Related Words for slowheavy, gradual, quiet, lackadaisical, passive, stagnant, leisurely, easy, moderate, sluggish, lethargic, reluctant, tedious, stiff, tame, low, dull, time-consuming, simple, limited
Examples from the Web for slow
Contemporary Examples of slow
Back in New York, the slow pace and inward focus of her yoga practice was less fulfilling.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
First, as opposition to gay marriage collapses, American anti-LGBT activists will slow their battle against it.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
“The process of getting the approval is too slow and is too cumbersome,” Rogers said.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
“Personal hotspots can get speeds of up to 60 Mb/s down, whereas hotel Wi-Fi can be as slow as 1.5 Mb/s,” Sesar said.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
One of the honor guard approached with slow, measured steps and presented the flag to a uniformed captain.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
Historical Examples of slow
But, changed as he was, he was not slow in recognizing his old enemy, Robert Rushton.Brave and Bold
We had to carry the water from the spring in drums, which was slow and hard work.Explorations in Australia
Mr Clayton was not slow to remark what was passing in my mind.
He tried every means of whiling away the time, but it never had seemed to move so slow.The Lamplighter
Progress may be slow—measured in inches and feet, not miles—but we will progress.
Word Origin for slow
Old English slaw "inactive, sluggish, torpid, lazy," also "not clever," from Proto-Germanic *slæwaz (cf. Old Saxon sleu "blunt, dull," Middle Dutch slee, Dutch sleeuw "sour, tart, blunt," Old High German sleo "blunt, dull," Old Norse sljor, Danish sløv, Swedish slö "blunt, dull"). Meaning "taking a long time" is attested from early 13c. Meaning "dull, tedious" is from 1841. As an adverb c.1500. The slows "imaginary disease to account for lethargy" is from 1843.
1550s, "make slower;" 1590s, "go slower," from slow (adj.). Related: Slowed; slowing. Old English had slawian (intransitive) "to be or become slow, be sluggish," but the modern use appears to be a 16c. re-formation.
In addition to the idioms beginning with slow
- slow burn
- slow but sure
- slow down
- slow on the uptake
- slow up
- mills of the gods grind slowly
- on the uptake, slow