slow

slow, slowly
In current English the normal adverb for general purposes is slowly (We drove slowly down the road / She slowly closed the door). Literary uses of slow as an adverb died out in the 19c

• (As the stately vessel glided slow beneath the shadow —Byron, 1812)

and in current usage it is confined to the expression go slow, to compounds such as slow-acting and slow-moving, and to occasional informal uses

• (It was easy to drive slow and look into lighted uncurtained windows —L. Ellmann, 1988).

The comparative and superlative forms slower and slowest are however regularly used as well as more slowly and most slowly:

• Neurotransmitters make the heart beat faster or slower —Scientific American, 1974

• In congested motorway traffic, I always appear to be in the lane moving the slowest —Daily Mail, 2002.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • slow — adj 1 *stupid, dull, dense, crass, dumb 2 Slow, dilatory, laggard, deliberate, leisurely can apply to persons, their movements, or their actions, and mean taking a longer time than is necessary, usual, or sometimes, desirable. Slow (see also… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • slow — [ slo ] n. m. • 1925; mot angl. « lent » ♦ Danse lente à pas glissés sur une musique à deux ou quatre temps; cette musique. Des slows langoureux. ● slow nom masculin (de slow fox) Abréviation de slow fox. Danse lente où les partenaires se… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • slow — [slō] adj. [ME slowe < OE slaw, akin to Du sleeuw, ON slær, dull < ?] 1. not quick or clever in understanding; dull; obtuse 2. a) taking a longer time than is expected or usual to act, move, go, happen, etc. b) not hasty, quick, ready, or… …   English World dictionary

  • Slow — «Slow» Сингл Tricky из альбома Knowle West Boy Выпущен …   Википедия

  • slow — 〈[sloʊ] Adj.; Mus.〉 langsam (zu spielen) (Tonpassagen beim Jazz) [engl., „langsam“] * * * slow [slo :, engl.: sloʊ] <Adv.> [engl. slow = langsam] (Musik): Tempobezeichnung im Jazz, etwa zwischen adagio u. andante. * * * slow   [englisch,… …   Universal-Lexikon

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