Definition of slow adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sloʊ//
    (slower, slowest) Stupid
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    not fast
  1. 1  not moving, acting or done quickly; taking a long time; not fast a slow driver Progress was slower than expected. The country is experiencing slow but steady economic growth. Collecting data is a painfully slow process. a slow, lingering death Oh you're so slow; come on, hurry up! The slow movement opens with a cello solo. She gave a slow smile. Average earnings are rising at their slowest rate for 20 years.
  2. 2  not going or allowing you to go at a fast speed I missed the fast train and had to get the slow one (= the one that stops at all the stations).
  3. with delay
  4. 3  hesitating to do something or not doing something immediately slow to do something She wasn't slow to realize what was going on. slow in doing something His poetry was slow in achieving recognition. slow doing something They were very slow paying me.
  5. not clever
  6. 4  not quick to learn; finding things hard to understand He's the slowest in the class. See related entries: Stupid
  7. not busy
  8. 5not very busy; containing little action synonym sluggish Sales are slow (= not many goods are being sold). There are slow passages in which little happens, but they help to build up the suspense.
  9. watch/clock
  10. 6[not before noun] showing a time earlier than the correct time My watch is five minutes slow (= it shows 1.45 when it is 1.50).
  11. in photography
  12. 7slow film is not very sensitive to light
  13. Word OriginOld English slāw ‘slow-witted, sluggish’, of Germanic origin.Extra examples Filming was painfully slow. Genetic evolution is necessarily slow. He was noticeably slow to respond. I was considerably slower than the other drivers. My computer is noticeably slower than before. She is showing a slow and steady improvement in her reading ability. They are extremely slow at reaching decisions. I missed the fast train and had to get the slow one. Oh you’re so slow; come on, hurry up! She wasn’t slow to realize what was going on. We drove in the slow lane. a slow driver/​walker/​readerIdioms
    be quick/slow on the uptake
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    (informal) to be quick/slow to understand something Is he always this slow on the uptake?
    (North American English, informal) to slowly get angry See related entries: Anger
    quick/slow off the mark
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    fast/slow in reacting to a situation If you’re quick off the mark in answering these questions, you could win a prize.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: slow