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[slim] /slɪm/
adjective, slimmer, slimmest.
slender, as in girth or form; slight in build or structure.
poor or inferior:
a slim chance; a slim excuse.
small or inconsiderable; meager; scanty:
a slim income.
sized for the thinner than average person.
verb (used with object), slimmed, slimming.
to make slim.
verb (used without object), slimmed, slimming.
to become slim.
Chiefly British. to try to become more slender, especially by dieting.
a garment size meant for a thin person.
Verb phrases
slim down,
  1. to lose weight, especially intentionally.
  2. (of a business) to reduce operating expenses; economize.
Origin of slim
1650-60; < Dutch slim sly, (earlier) crooked (cognate with German schlimm bad, (earlier) crooked)
Related forms
slimly, adverb
slimness, noun
unslim, adjective
unslimly, adverb
unslimness, noun
unslimmed, adjective
1. thin. See slender. 3. insignificant, trifling, trivial, paltry.
1. fat. 3. considerable; abundant. Unabridged
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  • Miss Brandon watched his slim figure disappear through the heavy curtains of the door.

    An American Politician F. Marion Crawford
  • Linda folded her slim hands on the table and leaned forward.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Mrs. Price had taken in another new boarder that day, a tall, slim man, possibly thirty years of age.

  • slim columns of smoke rose straight into the motionless air.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • If slim could be put out of action, his difficulty would be more than half solved.

British Dictionary definitions for slim


adjective slimmer, slimmest
small in width relative to height or length
small in amount or quality: slim chances of success
verb slims, slimming, slimmed
to make or become slim, esp by diets and exercise
to reduce or decrease or cause to be reduced or decreased
See also slim down
Derived Forms
slimly, adverb
slimmer, noun
slimness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch: crafty, from Middle Dutch slimp slanting; compare Old High German slimbi obliquity


the E African name for AIDS
Word Origin
from its wasting effects


William Joseph, 1st Viscount. 1891–1970, British field marshal, who commanded (1943–45) the 14th Army in the reconquest of Burma (now called Myanmar) from the Japanese; governor general of Australia (1953–60)
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Word Origin and History for slim

1650s, "thin, slight, slender," from Dutch slim "bad, sly, clever," from Middle Dutch slim "bad, crooked," from Proto-Germanic *slembaz "oblique, crooked" (cf. Middle High German slimp "slanting, awry," German schlimm "bad, cunning, unwell"). In English 17c. also sometimes with a sense "sly, cunning, crafty." Related: Slimly; slimness. With obsolete extended adjectival forms Slimsy "flimsy, unsubstantial" (1845); slimikin "small and slender" (1745). Slim Jim attested from 1887 in sense of "very thin person;" from 1902 as a type of slender cigar; from 1975 as a brand of meat snack.


1808, "to scamp one's work, do carelessly or superficially," from slim (adj.). Meaning "to make slim" (a garment, etc.) is from 1862; meaning "reduce (one's) weight" is from 1930. Related: Slimmed; slimming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for slim

slick up

verb phrase

To make neat and more attractive; furbish; gussy up: What are they all slicked up for? (1828+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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slim in Technology

A VLSI language for translating DFA's into circuits. J.L. Hennessy, "SLIM: A Simulation and Implementation Language for VLSI Microcode", Lambda, Apr 1981, pp.20-28.
[Jargon File]

A small, derivative change (e.g. to code).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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