in a slow manner; at a slow speed: Sauté the peppers slowly. I drove slowly back home.

Origin of slowly

1310–50; Middle English slawliche, slawly; See slow, -ly

Usage note

See slow. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of slowly

Historical Examples of slowly

  • Slowly and reluctantly, the sailors took their places, for Robert was a favorite with them.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • We went back and found Taylor's mare, and brought her slowly to camp.

  • They all descended from the hill and came on slowly towards us.

  • "Miss Ward's case has not yet been settled," she said slowly.

  • After twilight fell, she slowly walked the length of the Street.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

Word Origin and History for slowly

Old English slawlice "slowly, sluggishly;" see slow (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper