adjective, slow·er, slow·est.
adverb, slow·er, slow·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of slow
SYNONYMS FOR slow
synonym study for slow
usage note 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.
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Words nearby slow
Example sentences from the Web for slowest
Also Beyoncé will sing the slowest version of “Crazy in Love” that has ever been sung.The ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Trailer Is Pretty Ridiculous, Right?|Kevin Fallon|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mineral growth is fastest in summer, when the days are long, and slowest in winter, when the days are short.How Long Is a Year? Is the Earth Slowing Down? And Other Questions About Time|Neil Shubin|January 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yet this recovery has been the slowest and weakest since World War II.
Under Obama, annualized growth in federal spending has risen at the slowest pace in decades.Why Believe Romney Now, After His Lies on Medicare, Bain & Taxes?|Robert Shrum|August 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But the real progress of the fastest movement has depended on the slowest process.How the Gay-Civil-Rights Movement Defeated the Defense of Marriage Act|Linda Hirshman|June 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But, it may be urged, will not your slowest speed be much increased, if every vessel be originally faster?Lessons of the war with Spain and other articles|Alfred T. Mahan
When Albert went to ride again, it was on melting snow, with the slowest horse Troutt had.Other Main-Travelled Roads|Hamlin Garland
Those same dark hours of this eventful night were also the slowest and the dreariest on record in the mind of Naomi Pryse.The Boss of Taroomba|E. W. Hornung
But he had discovered that his pony was the slowest of the mounts and that the four Navahos always kept behind him.Bloom of Cactus|Robert Ames Bennet
This was strange, for, with the exception of Mike Murphy, he was the slowest sprinter in the whole troop.The Boy Patrol on Guard|Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for slowest
Derived forms of slowslowly, adverbslowness, noun
Word Origin for slow
Idioms and Phrases with slowest
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