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 slowestheavy, gradual, quiet, lackadaisical, passive, stagnant, leisurely, easy, moderate, sluggish, lethargic, reluctant, tedious, stiff, tame, low, dull, time-consuming, simple, limited
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Contemporary Examples of 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?
July 24, 2014
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
January 6, 2013
Yet this recovery has been the slowest and weakest since World War II.10 Questions for President Obama
October 1, 2012
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?
August 22, 2012
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
June 3, 2012
Historical Examples of slowest
It is one of the slowest, because one of the most durable, of agencies.
Nor are we right in supposing that the swiftest of them is the slowest, nor conversely, that the slowest is the quickest.Laws
The laboratory is the slowest possible way of getting facts.College Teaching
Laud will not be the slowest in thy praise: "Thorough" he'll cry!Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
Does not Emerson say that friendship is the slowest fruit in the garden of God?
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