boring vs slow what difference

what is difference between boring and slow

English

Etymology

From Middle English boryng (making a hole); equivalent to bore +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɔːɹɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːɹɪŋ

Noun

boring (plural borings)

  1. A pit or hole which has been bored.
    • 1992, J. Patrick Powers, Construction dewatering: new methods and applications, p. 191:
      It is common in urban areas that a great many borings exist from prior construction work.
  2. Fragments thrown up when something is bored or drilled.
  3. Any organism that bores into a hard surface

Verb

boring

  1. present participle of bore

Derived terms

  • tunnel boring machine

Adjective

boring (comparative more boring, superlative most boring)

  1. Causing boredom or tiredness; making you to feel tired and impatient.
    What a boring film that was! I almost fell asleep.
  2. Used, or designed to be used, to drill holes.
    boring equipment
  3. Capable of penetrating; piercing.

Synonyms

  • dull, mind-numbing (colloquial), tedious
  • See also Thesaurus:boring

Derived terms

  • boringly
  • boringness

Related terms

  • bore
  • bored
  • boredom

Translations

Anagrams

  • orbing, robing

Danish

Etymology

From the verb bore (drill).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈb̥oːɐ̯eŋ]

Noun

boring c (singular definite boringen, plural indefinite boringer)

  1. drill hole
  2. drilling

Inflection


Dutch

Etymology

From boren +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈboː.rɪŋ/
  • (Belgium)
  • Hyphenation: bo‧ring
  • Rhymes: -oːrɪŋ

Noun

boring f (plural boringen, diminutive borinkje n)

  1. drilling
    offshoreboring — offshore drilling
  2. bore of a car’s cylinder or canon


English

Etymology

From Middle English slow, slaw, from Old English slāw (sluggish, inert, slothful, late, tardy, torpid, slow), from Proto-Germanic *slaiwaz (blunt, dull, faint, weak, slack), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lew- (limp). Cognate with Scots slaw (slow), Dutch sleeuw (blunt, dull), Low German slee (dull, sluggish), German schlehe, schleh (dull, exhausted, faint), Danish sløv (dull, torpid, drowsy), Swedish slö (slack, lazy), Icelandic sljór (dim-witted, slow).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /sləʊ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /sloʊ/
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

Adjective

slow (comparative slower, superlative slowest)

  1. Taking a long time to move or go a short distance, or to perform an action; not quick in motion; proceeding at a low speed.
  2. Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      These changes in the heavens, though slow, produced / Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast.
  3. Of reduced intellectual capacity; not quick to comprehend.
    • 1960, Dissertation Abstracts (volume 20, page 4007)
      Experienced classroom teachers are well acquainted with the attention-seeker, the shy girl, the aggressive boy, the poor concentrator, the slow student []
  4. Not hasty; not tending to hurry; acting with deliberation or caution.
    • 1999, Brian Paul Kaufman, K. Winston Caine, Prayer, Faith, and Healing: Cure Your Body, Heal Your Mind and Restore Your Soul
      And even after the emotional cast comes off, we need to be slow about getting deeply involved in a relationship again
    • 1611, King James Bible, Proverbs xiv 29
      He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding.
  5. (of a clock or the like) Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time.
  6. Lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness.
  7. (of a period of time) Not busy; lacking activity.

Synonyms

  • (taking a long time to move a short distance): deliberate; moderate; see also Thesaurus:slow
  • (not happening in a short time): gradual; see also Thesaurus:gradual
  • (of reduced intellectual capacity): dull-witted; see also Thesaurus:stupid
  • (acting with deliberation): careful, deliberate, prudent; see also Thesaurus:cautious
  • (behind in time):
  • (lacking spirit): boring, dilatory, dull, inactive, tardy, slothful, sluggish; see also Thesaurus:inactive or Thesaurus:boring
  • (not busy): quiet, unbusy

Antonyms

  • (taking a long time to move a short distance): fast, quick, rapid, swift; see also Thesaurus:speedy
  • (not happening in a short time): abrupt, sudden; see also Thesaurus:sudden
  • (of reduced intellectual capacity): keen, quick, quick-witted; see also Thesaurus:intelligent
  • (acting with deliberation): hasty, precipitate, prompt; see also Thesaurus:prompt
  • (behind in time): accurate, fast
  • (lacking spirit): brisk, lively; see also Thesaurus:active
  • (not busy): hectic

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

slow (third-person singular simple present slows, present participle slowing, simple past and past participle slowed)

  1. (transitive) To make (something) run, move, etc. less quickly; to reduce the speed of.
  2. (transitive) To keep from going quickly; to hinder the progress of.
  3. (intransitive) To become slow; to slacken in speed; to decelerate.
    • After about a minute, the creek bed vomited the debris into a gently sloped meadow. Saugstad felt the snow slow and tried to keep her hands in front of her.

Synonyms

  • (keep from going quickly): delay, hinder, retard
  • (become slow): decelerate, slacken

Derived terms

  • slower
  • slow up
  • slow down

Translations

Noun

slow (plural slows)

  1. Someone who is slow; a sluggard.
  2. (music) A slow song.

Adverb

slow (comparative slower, superlative slowest)

  1. Slowly.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
      Let him have time to mark how slow time goes / In time of sorrow.

Anagrams

  • Lows, OWLs, lows, owls, sowl

French

Etymology

Borrowed from English slow.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /slo/

Noun

slow m (plural slows)

  1. slow waltz

See also

  • quick

Further reading

  • “slow” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Lower Sorbian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [slow]

Noun

slow

  1. genitive of slě

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