- The definition of slow is someone or something that is not quick or takes a long time.
- An example of slow is a snail.
- An example of slow is driving ten miles per hour.
- not quick or clever in understanding; dull; obtuse
- taking a longer time than is expected or usual to act, move, go, happen, etc.
- not hasty, quick, ready, or prompt: a slow retort, slow to anger
- making relatively little progress for the time spent; marked by low speed, rate of rhythm, etc.; not fast or rapid
- holding back fast progress, development, etc.; making speed or progress difficult: a slow growing season, a slow track
- showing a time that is behind the correct time: said of a timepiece
- passing slowly or tediously: a slow afternoon
- not lively or interesting; dull or boring: a slow town
- characterized by little activity; slack: slow trading
- lacking in energy; sluggish
- behind the times; out of fashion
- burning so as to give off a low or moderate heat: a slow fire
- gradual, as growth
- having less sensitivity to light than other film, etc.: such film may require a longer exposure period
- allowing less light to enter than other lenses
Origin: Middle English slowe from Old English slaw, akin to Dutch sleeuw, Old Norse slær, dull from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to make slow or slower
- to retard; delay
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adjective slow·er, slow·est
- a. Not moving or able to move quickly; proceeding at a low speed: a slow train; slow walkers.b. Marked by a retarded tempo: a slow waltz.
- a. Taking or requiring a long time: the slow job of making bread.b. Taking more time than is usual: a slow worker; slow progress in the peace negotiations.
- Allowing movement or action only at a low speed: a slow track; a slow infield.
- Registering a time or rate behind or below the correct one: a slow clock.
- Lacking in promptness or willingness; not precipitate: They were slow to accept our invitation.
- Characterized by a low volume of sales or transactions: Business was slow today.
- Lacking liveliness or interest; boring: a slow party.
- Not having or exhibiting intellectual or mental quickness: a slow learner.
- Only moderately warm; low: a slow oven.
- So as to fall behind the correct time or rate: The watch runs slow.
- At a low speed: Go slow!
- To make slow or slower.
- To delay; retard.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English slāw.
- slowˈly adverb
- slowˈness noun