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Synonyms for slow

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Wiktionary5.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  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 WordNet3.7 / 3 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Words0.0 / 0 votes

  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

Nicknames0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of known nicknames for "Slow":

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

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  1. Ian Thompson Jr.:

    Most tumors are very small and so slow-growing that the man rarely will even notice them in his lifetime, if a man has a slow-growing prostate cancer and opts to just watch it, it's still a nuisance with multiple office visits, blood tests, and repeated prostate biopsies.

  2. Socrates:

    Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.

  3. Aristotle:

    Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is slow-ripening fruit.

  4. Sir Thomas More:

    Nay, tempt me not to love again There was a time when love was sweet Dear Nea had I known thee then, Our souls had not been slow to meet But oh this weary heart hath run So many a time the rounds of pain, Not even for thee, thou lovely one Would I endure such pangs again.

  5. Vouyiouklis Kellis:

    Having irregular periods can be a first sign, or even bowel movement changes or constipation. Issues with performance and muscle recovery could become problematic, untreated, if it gets severe and the body's unable to produce any thyroid hormone, everything starts to slow down. You can have memory issues, slow speech, slow movement -- you can even develop fluid around the heart and fluid in the lungs. The heart rate can also slow down.

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