adjective, slow·er, slow·est.
adverb, slow·er, slow·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- slow burn,
- slow but steady wins the race,
- slow but sure,
- slow cooker,
- slow down
Origin of 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.
Examples from the Web for 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|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“The process of getting the approval is too slow and is too cumbersome,” Rogers said.
“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|Kyle Chayka|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the honor guard approached with slow, measured steps and presented the flag to a uniformed captain.
The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.
The slow spin of our rock had now brought the Dippers into view.Industrial Revolution|Poul William Anderson
The morning after our departure was very foggy, and towards noon we had to slow down to less than half speed.Under the Dragon Flag|James Allan
He closed the door noiselessly and seating himself at his desk, proceeded with slow deliberation to open his accumulated mail.Ann Arbor Tales|Karl Edwin Harriman
It commands with absolute lordship, but it can discipline for disobedience only by slow and formal judicial process.Congressional Government|Woodrow Wilson
With difficulty the heart freed itself from the lymph with which a slow absorption burdened it.Modern Italian Poets|William Dean Howells
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