Slowness is the opposite of speed. When something is slow, it moves or happens slowly.

  • The car was moving very slowly, which made it difficult to cross the street.

  • The project is moving very slowly, which is why it's taking so long.

Definition of slowness


unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training


awkwardness, clumsiness, ineptitude, ineptness, maladroitness


a rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry


deliberateness, deliberation, unhurriedness


lack of normal development of intellectual capacities


backwardness, mental retardation, retardation, subnormality

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Example Sentences for slowness

  • 1

    The movement is feverish and slow.

  • 2

    Retrorockets on the side of the car slowed the vehicle.

  • 3

    The fourth movement of the Serenade is a tranquil, wistful slow movement.

  • 4

    The movement of the molecules are slow using transporters.

  • 5

    The slow movement is a dramatic dialogue between the soloist and the orchestra.

  • 6

    It's normally mournful and slow.

  • 7

    He's not a slow plodder.

  • 8

    The diffusion of the liquid is slow.

  • 9

    The drag slows the spacecraft.

  • 10

    The release of the prisoners was slow.