Slow meaning

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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.

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Lacking liveliness or interest; boring.

A slow party.

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Allowing movement or action only at a low speed.

A slow track; a slow infield.

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Registering a time or rate behind or below the correct one.

A slow clock.

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Lacking in promptness or willingness; not precipitate.

They were slow to accept our invitation.

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Holding back fast progress, development, etc.; making speed or progress difficult.

A slow growing season, a slow track.

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Showing a time that is behind the correct time.
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Characterized by little activity; slack.

Slow trading.

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Lacking in energy; sluggish.
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Behind the times; out of fashion.
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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.

A slow train; a slow computer.

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(of a clock or the like) Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time.

That clock is slow.

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(of a period of time) Not busy; lacking activity.

It was a slow news day, so the editor asked us to make our articles wordier.

I'm just sitting here with a desk of cards, enjoying a slow afternoon.

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To make (something) run, move, etc. less quickly; to reduce the speed of.
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To keep from going quickly; to hinder the progress of.
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(intransitive) To become slow; to slacken in speed; to decelerate.
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Someone who is slow; a sluggard.
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(music) A slow song.
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That clock is running slow.

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Characterized by a low volume of sales or transactions.

Business was slow today.

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Not having or exhibiting intellectual or mental quickness.

A slow learner.

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Only moderately warm; low.

A slow oven.

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So as to fall behind the correct time or rate.

The watch runs slow.

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At a low speed.

Go slow!

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To make slow or slower.
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To delay; retard.
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To become slow or slower.
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Not quick or clever in understanding; dull; obtuse.
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Making relatively little progress for the time spent; marked by low speed, rate of rhythm, etc.; not fast or rapid.
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Burning so as to give off a low or moderate heat.

A slow fire.

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Gradual, as growth.
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To make slow or slower.
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To retard; delay.
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To go or become slow or slower.
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In a slow manner or at a slow speed; slowly.
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Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time.
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Of reduced intellectual capacity; not quick to comprehend.

John is very slow; he is ten seconds behind everybody else when it comes to math.

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Not hasty; not precipitate; lacking in promptness; acting with deliberation.
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Origin of slow

  • Middle English from Old English slāw

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English slāw. Cognate with Swedish slö.

    From Wiktionary