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  1. slowverb

    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

    dilatory, tardy, boring, gradual, dull-witted, inactive, dull, slothful, sluggish

  2. slowverb

    Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time.

    These changes in the heavens, though slow, produced Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast. --Milton

    delay, hinder, retard, boring, inactive, gradual, slothful, tardy, sluggish, dull, dull-witted, dilatory

  3. slowadjective

    Of reduced intellectual capacity; not quick to comprehend.

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

    slacken, decelerate, inactive, dull, tardy, gradual, slothful, dilatory, sluggish, dull-witted, boring

    prompt, quick

  4. slowadjective

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

    He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding. --Prov. xiv. 29.

    inactive, sluggish, tardy, gradual, boring, dull-witted, dilatory, slothful, dull

    prompt, hasty, precipitate

  5. slowadjective

    Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time.

    That clock is slow.

    dull, inactive, sluggish, slothful, gradual, tardy, dilatory, boring, dull-witted

  6. slowadjective

    That takes a long time to transfer data.

    dull, inactive, boring, tardy, dull-witted, sluggish, gradual, dilatory, slothful

  7. slowadjective

    Lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness.

    sluggish, slothful, dull-witted, gradual, inactive, dull, boring, tardy, dilatory

    brisk, lively

  8. slowadjective

    Not busy; lacking activity.

    boring, inactive, gradual, dull-witted, dull, dilatory, tardy, slothful, sluggish

  9. slowadjective

    moderate, deliberate

    fast, quick, swift, rapid

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. slow

    Slow signifies moving through a relatively short distance, or with a relatively small number of motions in a given time; slow also applies to that which is a relatively long while in beginning or accomplishing something; a watch or a clock is said to be slow when its indications are behind those of the standard time. Tardy is applied to that which is behind the proper or desired time, especially in doing a work or arriving at a place. Deliberate and dilatory are used of persons, tho the latter may be used also of things, as of a stream; a person is deliberate who takes a noticeably long time to consider and decide before acting or who acts or speaks as if he were deliberating at every point; a person is dilatory who lays aside, or puts off as long as possible, necessary or required action; both words may be applied either to undertaking or to doing. Gradual (Latin gradus, a step) signifies advancing by steps, and refers to slow but regular and sure progression. Slack refers to action that seems to indicate a lack of tension, as of muscle or of will, sluggish to action that seems as if reluctant to advance.

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    dawdling, delaying, deliberate, dilatory, drowsy, dull, gradual, inactive, inert, lingering, moderate, procrastinating, slack, sluggish, tardy

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. slow

    sluggish, inactive, inert, lazy, unready, tardy, late, gradual, tedious, dull, dilatory, lingering, slack

    active, quick, fast, rapid, alert, ready, prompt, early, sudden, immediate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slowadjective

    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"

    wearisome, dull, obtuse, deadening, boring, irksome, dim, tedious, dumb, tiresome, dense, sluggish, ho-hum

    rapid, presto, allegro, express, smart, quick, prestissimo, swift, instantaneous, prompt, high-speed, immediate, high-velocity, active, straightaway, speedy, red-hot, fast-breaking, hot, fast, scurrying, blistering, double-quick, instant(a), andantino, windy, alacritous, fast-paced, allegretto, meteoric, accelerated, fleet, hurrying, vivace, winged, interesting

  2. slowadjective

    at a slow tempo

    "the band played a slow waltz"

    wearisome, dull, obtuse, deadening, boring, irksome, dim, tedious, dumb, tiresome, dense, sluggish, ho-hum

    fast, speedy, allegretto, instantaneous, hurrying, meteoric, immediate, rapid, prestissimo, smart, andantino, interesting, swift, quick, hot, red-hot, winged, high-velocity, alacritous, presto, windy, fast-breaking, allegro, active, vivace, instant(a), fast-paced, fleet, double-quick, express, high-speed, scurrying, prompt, blistering, straightaway, accelerated

  3. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slowadjective

    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"

    vague, ho-hum, muted, sluggish, subdued, deadening, faint, mute, thudding, boring, dumb, dense, irksome, black, silent, wispy, heavy, dim, purblind, muffled, tedious, impenetrable, dull, dimmed, speechless, shadowy, tiresome, softened, bleak, thick, wearisome, obtuse, leaden

    quick, allegro, smart, interesting, hurrying, instantaneous, fast-paced, double-quick, rapid, straightaway, allegretto, immediate, fast, fleet, high-speed, scurrying, windy, speedy, presto, express, prompt, fast-breaking, alacritous, accelerated, swift, vivace, andantino, hot, prestissimo, instant(a), high-velocity, blistering, active, winged, red-hot, meteoric

  4. slowadjective

    (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time

    "the clock is slow"

    wearisome, dull, obtuse, deadening, boring, irksome, dim, tedious, dumb, tiresome, dense, sluggish, ho-hum

    meteoric, double-quick, hot, scurrying, prestissimo, winged, quick, smart, presto, accelerated, allegro, straightaway, red-hot, instantaneous, rapid, speedy, prompt, express, high-speed, fleet, alacritous, high-velocity, blistering, hurrying, fast, fast-paced, windy, active, immediate, andantino, instant(a), interesting, swift, allegretto, fast-breaking, vivace

  5. boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisomeadjective

    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"

    dull, dim, windy, wearisome, wordy, dense, muted, boring, verbose, dumb, leaden, tedious, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, long-winded, irksome, thudding, softened

    hurrying, instantaneous, quick, high-velocity, fleet, express, high-speed, fast-paced, meteoric, accelerated, blistering, prompt, red-hot, smart, instant(a), presto, speedy, prestissimo, double-quick, rapid, windy, andantino, alacritous, swift, hot, fast, straightaway, allegro, active, vivace, fast-breaking, immediate, winged, scurrying, allegretto, interesting

  6. dull, slow, sluggishverb

    (of business) not active or brisk

    "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"

    thudding, dim, wearisome, torpid, dense, muted, boring, dumb, leaden, tedious, sluggish, obtuse, deadening, soggy, sulky, tiresome, muffled, ho-hum, irksome, inert, dull, softened

    allegretto, alacritous, high-velocity, fleet, immediate, instantaneous, allegro, smart, rapid, vivace, accelerated, double-quick, andantino, windy, quick, speedy, scurrying, instant(a), interesting, hot, high-speed, straightaway, fast, meteoric, presto, hurrying, fast-paced, swift, active, fast-breaking, blistering, express, winged, prompt, prestissimo, red-hot

  7. decelerate, slow, slow down, slow up, retardverb

    lose velocity; move more slowly

    "The car decelerated"

    decompress, delay, slack, check, unwind, loosen up, slow up, decelerate, unbend, retard, slacken, relax, slow down

    high-speed, fast-paced, hurrying, fast, speedy, immediate, quick, red-hot, alacritous, fleet, meteoric, express, allegretto, vivace, windy, instant(a), rapid, prestissimo, double-quick, smart, prompt, swift, andantino, accelerated, instantaneous, high-velocity, scurrying, presto, interesting, straightaway, allegro, active, blistering, hot, winged, fast-breaking

  8. slow, slow down, slow up, slack, slackenverb

    become slow or slower

    "Production slowed"

    decompress, slow down, unbend, slacken, remit, let up, slack off, abate, loosen up, decelerate, slack up, retard, slake, relax, slack, die away, unwind, slow up

    fast-breaking, fleet, hot, allegretto, fast-paced, double-quick, allegro, swift, alacritous, quick, fast, speedy, rapid, straightaway, hurrying, prestissimo, active, high-speed, instantaneous, interesting, blistering, accelerated, immediate, andantino, windy, smart, high-velocity, winged, meteoric, instant(a), express, prompt, presto, red-hot, vivace, scurrying

  9. slow, slow down, slow upadverb

    cause to proceed more slowly

    "The illness slowed him down"

    decompress, decelerate, slack, unwind, loosen up, slow up, slacken, unbend, retard, relax, slow down

    fleet, prestissimo, smart, rapid, vivace, instant(a), immediate, accelerated, hot, quick, scurrying, blistering, fast-breaking, active, red-hot, double-quick, straightaway, high-velocity, interesting, speedy, fast-paced, high-speed, winged, prompt, allegro, fast, express, hurrying, presto, alacritous, allegretto, meteoric, windy, instantaneous, andantino, swift

  10. slowly, slow, easy, tardilyadverb

    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"

    slowly, easily, tardily, behind, soft, easy, lento, late, belatedly

    andantino, alacritous, fast, hurrying, fleet, vivace, allegro, swift, instant(a), fast-paced, smart, high-speed, interesting, allegretto, high-velocity, active, speedy, accelerated, rapid, immediate, meteoric, blistering, prompt, quick, express, straightaway, hot, instantaneous, fast-breaking, red-hot, presto, winged, scurrying, windy, double-quick, prestissimo

  11. behind, slowadverb

    of timepieces

    "the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch is running behind"

    easy, slowly, behind, tardily, in arrears, behindhand

    hot, allegro, vivace, speedy, active, prestissimo, windy, express, smart, hurrying, quick, allegretto, swift, straightaway, fast, fast-breaking, double-quick, andantino, blistering, instantaneous, accelerated, immediate, winged, presto, instant(a), prompt, scurrying, rapid, fleet, high-speed, red-hot, meteoric, alacritous, interesting, high-velocity, fast-paced

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. slowadjective

    moderate, deliberate, not swift, not rapid, not speedy

  2. slowadjective

    tardy, dilatory, late, inactive, sluggish

  3. slowadjective

    dull, stupid, heavy, not alert, not prompt, not ready

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. slowadjective

    deliberate, moderate, gradual, dilatory, languid, unready, phlegmatic, lingering, torpid, sluggish, slack, leisurely, wearisome, dull, prosaic, uninteresting, tiresome

  2. slowverb

    slacken, relax, moderate, delay, retard


  1. List of known nicknames for "Slow":

    Vellu Maurola, Slow, DJ, Miguel Martinez, Miguel "Slow" Martínez

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  1. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    Two people sit by the Barcaccia fountain near almost empty Spanish Steps, in Rome on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday said he will consider requests to toughen Italys already extraordinary anti-virus lockdown. Adding to its efforts, the Italian government also announced a $ 28 billion allocation to fight the outbreak on both medical and economic fronts. The first measures, expected to be outlined Friday, will support health services, the civil protection agency and the labor market. The Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade appeared almost desert in Milan on Wednesday as Italy mulls even tighter restrictions on daily life. ( AP Photo/Luca Bruno) The World Health Organizationon Wednesdaydeclared the virus a pandemic, noting that the number of cases outside China had exploded13-fold over the past two weeks. There are now more than 118,000 cases of COVID-19 in 114 countries, with 4,291 deaths, WHO Director-GeneralTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Other European nations are issuing measures to slow down and control the spread of the virus, and provide a cushion for the economic shock of the outbreak. Spain Spains coronavirus cases have surpassed 2,000, with roughly half of them in the Madrid region, where two-thirds of the countrys 47 virus-related deaths have occurred, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. The number of cases saw a 60 percent increase since Tuesday. United States TOURISTS QUARANTINED IN SPANISH HOTEL AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS : HEALTH OFFICIALS Madrids fatalities are high because much of the contagion there is taking place in nursing homes, said Fernando Simn, director of Spains health emergency center. Empty shelves are seen in a supermarket as people begin to stock up on provisions in Madrid on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) Schools and universities in Madrid and two northern regions have been ordered to close for two weeks to help slow the outbreaks spread. Workers were urged to telecommute to help reduce crowds on public transit. Denmark The Scandinavian country saw a 191 percent spike in Spain Spains coronavirus cases, with 90 more infections confirmed on Wednesday, for a total of at least 262. Local Denmark SEES FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE IN MAN RETURNING FROM ITALY VACATION Denmarks leaders have advised the public to avoid using public transportation, while some schools also closed, Local Denmark reported. Health officials also have advised against shaking hands, a measure that has suspended naturalization ceremonies, which require a mandatory handshake by law, The New York Times reported. Germany With at least 1,300 infections as of Wednesday, Germany so far has only three deaths a low rate that experts attributeto rapid testing as the outbreak unfolded. German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a warning, citingexpert estimates that up to 70 percent of the population could be infected with the virus. HOW IS GERMANY CONTROLLING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ? You have to understand that if the virus is there, and the population has no immunity yet to this virus, there are no vaccines and no therapy so far, a high percentage experts say 60 to 70 percent of the population will be infected.

  2. President Obama:

    This has been a slow-rolling crisis.

  3. Edward Hammond:

    The airplanes were coming right through, torpedo planes came in first. Slow-flying planes. They could have been fighter planes …. DISPLAY OF RARE ITEMS MARKS 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF Pearl Harbor.

  4. Hue Frame:

    The IMF downgrading 2019/20 and the continued rhetoric from Davos reiterating that they expect global growth to slow down over the next two years is providing selling pressure in oil.

  5. Sergio Moro:

    The legal process in Brazil is extremely slow, there are endless appeals after appeals after appeals.

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    An antonym for "pesky"
    • A. pettish
    • B. agreeable
    • C. pestilent
    • D. plaguey

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