AskDefine | Define slow

Dictionary Definition

slow adj
1 not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time; "a slow walker"; "the slow lane of traffic"; "her steps were slow"; "he was slow in reacting to the news"; "slow but steady growth" [ant: fast]
2 at a slow tempo; "the band played a slow waltz" [ant: fast]
3 slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students" [syn: dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse]
4 (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time; "the clock is slow" [ant: fast]
5 so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome" [syn: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome]
6 (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market" [syn: dull, sluggish] adv
1 without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly'); "he spoke slowly"; "go easy here--the road is slippery"; "glaciers move tardily"; "please go slow so I can see the sights" [syn: slowly, easy, tardily] [ant: quickly]
2 of timepieces; "the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch is running behind" [syn: behind]

Verb

1 lose velocity; move more slowly; "The car decelerated" [syn: decelerate, slow down, slow up, retard] [ant: accelerate]
2 become slow or slower; "Production slowed" [syn: slow down, slow up, slack, slacken]
3 cause to proceed more slowly; "The illness slowed him down" [syn: slow down, slow up]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

slāw

Pronunciation

  • a UK /sləʊ/, /sl@U/
  • a US /sloʊ/, /sloU/
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

Adjective

en-adj er
  1. Taking a long time to move or go a short distance, or to perform an action; not quick in motion; proceeding at a low speed; not rapid or swift; moderate; deliberate.
  2. Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time; gradual.
    These changes in the heavens, though slow, produced Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast. --Milton
  3. Of reduced intellectual capacity; not prompt or quick; not quick to comprehend; dull-witted.
    John is very slow; he is ten seconds behind everybody else when it comes to math.
  4. Not hasty; not precipitate; lacking in promptness; acting with deliberation; tardy; dilatory; sluggish; slothful; inactive.
    He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding. --Prov. xiv. 29.
  5. Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time.
    That clock is slow.
  6. Lacking spirit; boring; dull; deficient in liveliness or briskness.

Antonyms

Translations

not quick in motion
spread over a comparatively long time
  • Czech: pomalý
Greek: αργόσυρτος (argósirtos)
of reduced intellectual capacity
  • Czech: pomalý
  • Dutch: langzaam, langzame, sloom, slome
  • Greek: καθυστερημένος, αργόστροφος
  • Italian: tardo, tarda
lacking in promptness; acting with deliberation
  • Greek: ανέτοιμος
behind in time
lacking spirit; boring

Verb

  1. To make (something) run, move, etc. less quickly; to reduce the speed of.
  2. To keep from going quickly; to delay; to retard; to hinder the progress of.
  3. To become slow; to slacken in speed; to decelerate.

Derived terms

Translations

to reduce the speed of
  • Dutch: vertragen, ophouden
  • French: ralentir, freiner
  • Greek: βραδύνω, σταματώ
to keep from going quickly, to delay
to become slow

Noun

slow
  1. Someone who is slow; a sluggard.
  2. A slow song.

Adverb

slow
  1. Slowly (usually in combinations).

Anagrams

Extensive Definition

Slow is an adjective describing a low speed or tempo.
Slow can also refer to:
Slow may also refer to:
  • Mental retardation, a pattern of persistently slow learning of basic motor and language skills
Slowness can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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