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 for bashful Billy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Slow \Slow\ (sl[=o]), a. [Compar. Slower (sl[=o]"[~e]r);
     superl. Slowest.] [OE. slow, slaw, AS. sl[=a]w; akin to OS.
     sl[=e]u blunt, dull, D. sleeuw, slee, sour, OHG. sl[=e]o
     blunt, dull, Icel. sl[=o]r, sl[ae]r, Dan. sl["o]v, Sw.
     sl["o]. Cf. Sloe, and Sloth.]
     1. Moving a short space in a relatively long time; not swift;
        not quick in motion; not rapid; moderate; deliberate; as,
        a slow stream; a slow motion.
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     2. Not happening in a short time; gradual; late.
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              These changes in the heavens, though slow, produced
              Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast.
                                                    --Milton.
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     3. Not ready; not prompt or quick; dilatory; sluggish; as,
        slow of speech, and slow of tongue.
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              Fixed on defense, the Trojans are not slow
              To guard their shore from an expected foe. --Dryden.
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     4. Not hasty; not precipitate; acting with deliberation;
        tardy; inactive.
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              He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding.
                                                    --Prov. xiv.
                                                    29.
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     5. Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true
        time; as, the clock or watch is slow.
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     6. Not advancing or improving rapidly; as, the slow growth of
        arts and sciences.
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     7. Heavy in wit; not alert, prompt, or spirited; wearisome;
        dull. [Colloq.] --Dickens. Thackeray.
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     Note: Slow is often used in the formation of compounds for
           the most part self-explaining; as, slow-gaited,
           slow-paced, slow-sighted, slow-winged, and the like.
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     Slow coach, a slow person. See def.7, above. [Colloq.]
  
     Slow lemur, or Slow loris (Zool.), an East Indian
        nocturnal lemurine animal ({Nycticebus tardigradus) about
        the size of a small cat; -- so called from its slow and
        deliberate movements. It has very large round eyes and is
        without a tail. Called also bashful Billy.
  
     Slow match. See under Match.
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     Syn: Dilatory; late; lingering; tardy; sluggish; dull;
          inactive.
  
     Usage: Slow, Tardy, Dilatory. Slow is the wider term,
            denoting either a want of rapid motion or inertness of
            intellect. Dilatory signifies a proneness to defer, a
            habit of delaying the performance of what we know must
            be done. Tardy denotes the habit of being behind hand;
            as, tardy in making up one's acounts.
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