Today I’d like to write about a common adjective, “slow”. This is another example of a word that has other meanings that many people don’t know about. Of course, the main meaning is for a thing or a person to take a long time to move, but I’d like to go over its other meanings today.
1. for a period of time to not be very active. For example:
I had a slow day today. I just read a book and cleaned up my apartment.
I’m worried that the years after my retirement will be really slow.
2. for a company or store to not have many customers. For example:
Business has been very slow recently. We have to find a way to attract more customers.
It’s a slow night at the bar tonight because it’s a Tuesday. It will get busier on Friday and Saturday nights.
3. for a clock or watch to be behind the real time. For example:
Is it really 4:00 now or is that clock slow?
My watch is a little slow. Can you tell me what time it is?
4. for a person to have trouble understanding something which is easier for other people. For example:
My brother is a little slow when it comes to math.
The students in this class aren’t stupid. They’re just slower than the other students in the school.