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Synonyms for slow

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slow(adj)

    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. slow(adj)

    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, 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

  4. slow(adj)

    (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, 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"

    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, sluggish(verb)

    (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, retard(verb)

    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, slacken(verb)

    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 up(adverb)

    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, 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"

    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, slow(adverb)

    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


  1. slow(verb)

    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. slow(verb)

    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. slow(adjective)

    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. slow(adjective)

    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. slow(adjective)

    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. slow(adjective)

    That takes a long time to transfer data.

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

  7. slow(adjective)

    Lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness.

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

    brisk, lively

  8. slow(adjective)

    Not busy; lacking activity.

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

  9. slow(adjective)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. slow(a.)

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

  2. slow(a.)

    tardy, dilatory, late, inactive, sluggish

  3. slow(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. slow(a)

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

  2. slow(v)

    slacken, relax, moderate, delay, retard

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How to use slow in a sentence?

  1. Emmanuel Oladipo:

    There's no agreement among OPEC to be slow on this - no common position.

  2. Erika Benning:

    When Giovanni Pando came around the corner and I realized that this was real, my breathing just started to slow down, and everything just felt really tight, i just didn't want to pass out because I wanted to enjoy every moment of it.

  3. Henry Van Dyke:

    Time is Too slow for those who wait, Too swift for those who fear, Too long for those who grieve, Too short for those who rejoice, But for those who love Time is not.

  4. General Petraeus:

    We've been slow coming to the understanding of what a problem this is, but this is a very important part of health of the force, and it's taken us too long to recognize even the potential implications of this.

  5. Eric Luo:

    After 2022, coal emissions should slow down, with the number of new coal plants falling, even if they have approved another 200GW... it doesn't make sense to build so much.

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