I am trying to find an adjective describing “very slow”. Can I know what are the possible candidates or, better, the best word for it?
To further clarify my question, I am not looking for an adjective to describe something that one think might be slow but, instead, in a more objective way. For example, given an object
Ayou describe its speed is “slow”, and you know that the speed of object
Bis slower than that of object
A, then what is the best word you use to describe the speed of
The ideal answer would be the case that: once one said
Bis xxx (where xxx is answer), then we will have no doubt that
Bis slower than
Another example, when someone said
Ais warm and
Bis hot, then we know that
Bis warmer than
A. I am looking for a word for slow in this case.
Bonus question: if there is also an object
Cthat is slower than
B, what word would you use to describe
Cis faster than “not moving”. Or, what is the longest sequence of adjectives that we can describe things with different degrees of slowness?
I can’t think of multiple single-word elements that are unambiguously scaled (is “sluggish” faster or slower than “plodding”?) but there are certainly phrases that can be used…
normal -> a bit slow -> slow -> slow as molasses -> slower than molasses in January
(I’d be inclined personally to say that “sluggish” is a good substitute for “a bit slow”–it’s slower than normal, but not as slow as just plain “slow”–but I’m not at all sure that it would be widely agreed upon.)
Going in the other direction, you could have:
normal -> brisk -> fast -> faster than a speeding bullet -> at the speed of light