What is the meaning of slow?



  • Not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time.
    • usage: "a slow walker"; "the slow lane of traffic"; "her steps were slow"; "he was slow in reacting to the news"; "slow but steady growth"
  • At a slow tempo.
    • usage: "the band played a slow waltz"
  • Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity.
    • usage: "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"
  • Used of timepieces. ( indicating a time earlier than the correct time)
    • usage: "the clock is slow"
  • So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
    • usage: "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"
  • Of business. ( not active or brisk)
    • usage: "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"


  • Without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly'. )
    • usage: "he spoke slowly"; "go easy here-the road is slippery"; "glaciers move tardily"; "please go slow so I can see the sights"
  • Of timepieces.
    • usage: "the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch is running behind"
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APAWordNet. (2010). slow. Retrieved April 23, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/slow/definitions/1183759
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "slow" http://smartdefine.org/slow/definitions/1183759 (accessed April 23, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, slow, Smart Define, viewed 23 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/slow/definitions/1183759>.
MLAWordNet. "slow" 23 October 2010. Web. 23 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/slow/definitions/1183759>
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