Origin of slowwormaltered (by associated, association with slow) from Middle English slaworme from Old English slawyrm from sla-, akin to Norwegian slo, slowworm, ultimately from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)lei-, slimy (from source lime, Classical Greek leimax, snail) + Old English wyrm, worm
Origin of slowwormAlteration (influenced by slow ) of Middle English slowurm from Old English slāwyrm slā- earthworm, slowworm wyrm worm ; see worm .
- A small Old World lizard, Anguis fragilis, often mistaken for a snake, having no legs and small eyes.
Middle English sloworm (possibly influenced by slow), from Old English slÄwyrm. Possibly related to Swedish slÃ¥