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



BrE BrE//sləʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//sloʊ//
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  • (slower, slowest) (used especially in the comparative and superlative forms, or in compounds) at a slow speed synonym slowly Could you go a little slower? slow-drying paint slow-moving traffic (North American English) Drive slow! Which Word?slow / slowly Slowly is the usual adverb from the adjective slow. Slow is sometimes used as an adverb in informal language, on road signs, etc. It can also be used to form compounds:Slow. Major road ahead. a slow-acting drug They walk very slow. In the comparative both slower and more slowly are used:Can you speak slower/​more slowly?
  • Word OriginOld English slāw ‘slow-witted, sluggish’, of Germanic origin.Idioms to show less enthusiasm for achieving something The government is going slow on tax reforms. see also go-slow
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: slow