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From Middle English slowly, slowli, slouli, slowliche, from Old English slāwlīċe (slowly; sluggishly), equivalent to slow +‎ -ly. Compare Old Norse slæliga, sljóliga.

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slowly (comparative slowlier or more slowly, superlative slowliest or most slowly)

  1. (manner) At a slow pace.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, [] , down the nave to the western door. [] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.

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