Synonyms of slow
1 unhurriedDictionary • He moved in a slow, unhurried way.
unhurried • The islands are peaceful, with an unhurried pace of life.
leisurely • Lunch was a leisurely affair.
deliberate • His movements were gentle and deliberate.
lazy • We would have a lazy lunch and then lie on the beach in the sun.
, quickie (informal)
2 prolongedDictionary • The distribution of passports has been a slow process.
protracted • The struggle was bitter and protracted.
long-drawn-out • a long-drawn-out election campaign
lingering • He died a lingering death in hospital.
gradual • Losing weight is a gradual process.
3 unwillingDictionary • He was not slow to take up the offer.
unwilling • Initially the government was unwilling to accept the defeat.
reluctant • He was reluctant to ask for help.
loath • She is loath to give up her hard-earned liberty.
averse • He's not averse to publicity.
hesitant • She was hesitant about coming forward with her story.
disinclined • He was disinclined to talk about himself.
indisposed • He seemed indisposed to chat.
4 lateDictionary • My watch is slow.
late • A few late arrivals were still straggling in.
behindhand • He got terribly behindhand with his appointments.
tardy • He was as tardy as ever for our appointment.
5 tardyDictionary • They have been slow in responding.
tardy • the agency's tardy response to the hurricane
dilatory • They performed their work in a dilatory fashion.
backward (old-fashioned, offensive)
6 stupidDictionary • He got hit in the head and he's been a bit slow since.
stupid • I'm not stupid, you know.
dim (informal) • She's not as dim as she seems.
dense • He's not a bad man, just a bit dense.
thick • How could she have been so thick?
dumb (informal) • I came up with this dumb idea.
bovine • I'm depressed by the bovine enthusiasm of the crowd's response.
dozy (British, informal) • He called me a dozy cow.
obtuse • I think you're being deliberately obtuse.
slow on the uptake (informal)
7 dullDictionary • Island life is too slow for her liking.
dull • They can both be rather dull.
quiet • She wanted a quiet life.
boring • boring television programmes
dead • It was a horrible, dead little town.
tame • The report was pretty tame stuff.
slack • busy times and slack periods
sleepy • I was beginning to feel amazingly sleepy.
sluggish • feeling sluggish and lethargic after a big meal
tedious • the tedious business of line-by-line programming
stagnant • Mass movements are often a factor in the awakening of stagnant societies.
inactive • He certainly was not politically inactive.
one-horse (informal) • I don't want to live in a small, one-horse town all my life.
uneventful • The return journey was uneventful, the car running perfectly.
uninteresting • Why did he choose these pale, nerveless, uninteresting people?
wearisome • a long and wearisome task
1 decelerateDictionary • The car slowed down as they passed customs. often with down
decelerate • The driver kept accelerating and decelerating.
brake • She braked to a halt and switched off.
2 delayDictionary • Damage to the turbine slowed the work down. often with down
delay • The passengers were delayed by bad weather.
hinder • Landslides are continuing to hinder the arrival of relief supplies.
check • Sex education is expected to help check the spread of Aids.
handicap • Greater levels of stress may seriously handicap some students.
detain • We won't detain you any further.
curb • He must learn to curb that temper of his.
retard • Continuing violence will retard negotiations.
, speed up
, pick up speed
PHRASAL VERB:▷ slow down
usage note:While not as unkind as thick and stupid, words like slow and backward, when used to talk about a person's mental abilities, are both unhelpful and likely to cause offence. It is preferable to say that a person has special educational needs or learning difficulties.
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averseIf you say that you are not averse to something, you mean that you quite like it or quite want to do it.
• He's not averse to publicity.
behindhandIf someone is behindhand, they have been delayed or have made less progress in their work than they or other people think they should.
• He got terribly behindhand with his appointments.
boringSomeone or something boring is so dull and uninteresting that they make people tired and impatient.
• boring television programmes
Thesaurus for slow from the Collins English Thesaurus