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"
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
at a slow tempo
"the band played a slow waltz"
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
dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow(adj)
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
(used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time
"the clock is slow"
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
boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome(adj)
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"
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
dull, slow, sluggish(verb)
(of business) not active or brisk
"business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
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
decelerate, slow, slow down, slow up, retard(verb)
lose velocity; move more slowly
"The car decelerated"
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
slow, slow down, slow up, slack, slacken(verb)
become slow or slower
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
slow, slow down, slow up(adverb)
cause to proceed more slowly
"The illness slowed him 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
slowly, slow, easy, tardily(adverb)
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"
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
"the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch is running behind"
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
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
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
Of reduced intellectual capacity; not quick to comprehend.
John is very slow; he is ten seconds behind everybody else when it comes to math.
Not hasty; not precipitate; lacking in promptness; acting with deliberation.
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding. --Prov. xiv. 29.
Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time.
That clock is slow.
That takes a long time to transfer data.
Lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness.
Not busy; lacking activity.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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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- lentCatalan, Valencian
- dumm, langsamGerman
- καθυστερημένος, αργώ, αργός, βραδύνω, βραδύς, αργόστροφος, ανέτοιμος, σταματώ, αργόσυρτοςGreek
- lento, lentificar, lentificarse, ralentizar, ralentizarse, atrasado, enlentecer, frenarSpanish
- jätättää, hidastaa, jäljessä, hidas, hidastuaFinnish
- ótíttur, pjakutur, putlutur, høsnutur, døllutur, seinur, drúgvur, seinførur, seinpjakuturFaroese
- lent, freiner, ralentir, lenteFrench
- slaodach, mallScottish Gaelic
- धीमा, सुस्तHindi
- perlahan, lambat, pelanIndonesian
- tardo, tarda, lento, lentaItalian
- ゆっくり, 鈍足, とろい, 遅いJapanese
- لهسهر خۆ, هێواشKurdish
- tardus, lentusLatin
- luesLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- бавен, забавуваMacedonian
- langzaam, ophouden, slome, traag, langzame, sloom, vertragenDutch
- langsom, langsomt, langsommeNorwegian
- chʼééhNavajo, Navaho
- powolny, wolnyPolish
- lento, devagarPortuguese
- spor, спорSerbo-Croatian
- aste, poleSwahili
- повільний, нуднийUkrainian
- chậm, chậm chạpVietnamese
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