slow of pace or motion, like a snail; sluggish.

Origin of snail-paced

First recorded in 1585–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snail-paced

Historical Examples of snail-paced

  • That was extreme; but, even so, better than a snail-paced dinner!


    Emily Post

  • The going was rough, and carrying the girl reduced his advance to a snail-paced crawl.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

  • We sailed at last; and so ended a snail-paced march across the continent, which had lasted forty days.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • What a transition from the diligence—the lumbering, snail-paced diligence—to the rail.

  • And yet, through all the days of snail-paced toil that followed, I remained truly thankful for that early breakfast.

    The River and I

    John G. Neihardt