(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time

- a slow walker

- the slow lane of traffic

- her steps were slow

Similar word(s): dilatory, laggard, pokey, poky, lazy, sluggish, sulky, gradual, unhurried

2. at a slow tempo

- the band played a slow waltz

Similar word(s): adagio, andante, lento, lentissimo, largo, larghetto, larghissimo

3. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

- worked with the slow students

Similar word(s): stupid, dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse

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

- the clock is slow

5. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness

Similar word(s): uninteresting, boring, deadening, dull, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome

6. (of business) not active or brisk

- business is dull (or slow)

Similar word(s): inactive, dull, sluggish

Sentences with slow as an adjective:

- a slow train;

- That clock is slow.

- It was a slow news day, so the editor asked us to make our articles wordier.

- I'm just sitting here with a desk of cards, enjoying a slow afternoon.


1. without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')

- he spoke slowly

- please go slow so I can see the sights

Similar word(s): easy, slowly, tardily

2. of timepieces

- the clock is almost an hour slow

Similar word(s): behind

Sentences with slow as an adverb:

- That clock is running slow.


1. Someone who is slow; a sluggard.

2. (music) A slow song.


1. lose velocity; move more slowly

Similar word(s): decelerate

Definition categories: change, decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

2. become slow or slower

- Production slowed

Similar word(s): slack, slacken

Definition categories: change, weaken

3. cause to proceed more slowly

- The illness slowed him down

Definition categories: change, decelerate, slow