1. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: fast lazy sluggish bumper-to-bumper slow-moving drawling dragging dawdling long-play delayed gradual unhurried speed
2. [ verb ] lose velocity; move more slowly
Synonyms: slow_down decelerate retard slow_up

"The car decelerated"

Related terms: accelerate decrease delay deceleration
3. [ adjective ] (music) at a slow tempo

"the band played a slow waltz"

Related terms: fast music lentissimo largo andante larghetto moderato larghissimo lento adagio
4. [ adverb ] without speed
Synonyms: slowly tardily easy

"he spoke slowly" "go easy here--the road is slippery" "glaciers move tardily" (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly' as in "please go slow I want to see the sights")

Related terms: quickly colloquialism
5. [ verb ] become slow or slower
Synonyms: slacken slow_down slow_up slack

"Production slowed"

Related terms: weaken slump
6. [ verb ] cause to proceed more slowly
Synonyms: slow_down slow_up

"The illness slowed him down"

Related terms: decelerate bog_down clog slowdown
7. [ adjective ] slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
Synonyms: dumb dull dim obtuse dense

"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"

Related terms: stupid
8. [ adjective ] so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
Synonyms: boring dull tedious wearisome irksome tiresome ho-hum deadening

"a boring evening with uninteresting people" "the deadening effect of some routine tasks" "a dull play" "a ho-hum speaker" "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke

Related terms: uninteresting
9. [ adverb ] of timepieces
Synonyms: behind

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

10. [ adjective ] (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time

"the clock is slow"

Related terms: fast
11. [ adjective ] (of business) not active or brisk
Synonyms: dull sluggish

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

Related terms: commercial_enterprise inactive
Similar spelling:   slew