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

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

Usage note

See slow.
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Related Words for slowly

gradually, nonchalantly, casually, gently, deliberately, lazily, calmly, haltingly, languidly, leisurely, unhurriedly, sluggish, tardy, unhurried, costive

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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).

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