slim

[slim]
adjective, slimmer, slimmest.
1.
slender, as in girth or form; slight in build or structure.
2.
poor or inferior: a slim chance; a slim excuse.
3.
small or inconsiderable; meager; scanty: a slim income.
4.
sized for the thinner than average person.
verb (used with object), slimmed, slimming.
5.
to make slim.
verb (used without object), slimmed, slimming.
6.
to become slim.
7.
Chiefly British. to try to become more slender, especially by dieting.
noun
8.
a garment size meant for a thin person.
Verb phrases
9.
slim down,
a.
to lose weight, especially intentionally.
b.
(of a business) to reduce operating expenses; economize.

Origin:
1650–60; < Dutch slim sly, (earlier) crooked (cognate with German schlimm bad, (earlier) crooked)

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.
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slim (slɪm)
 
adj , slimmer, slimmest
1.  small in width relative to height or length
2.  small in amount or quality: slim chances of success
 
vb , slimmer, slimmest, slims, slimming, slimmed
3.  to make or become slim, esp by diets and exercise
4.  to reduce or decrease or cause to be reduced or decreased
 
[C17: from Dutch: crafty, from Middle Dutch slimp slanting; compare Old High German slimbi obliquity]
 
'slimly
 
adv
 
'slimmer
 
n
 
'slimness
 
n

Slim1 (slɪm)
 
n
the E African name for AIDS
 
[from its wasting effects]

Slim2 (slɪm)
 
n
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 & History

slim
1657, "thin, slight, slender," from Du. slim "bad, sly, clever," from M.Du. slim "bad, crooked," from P.Gmc. *slembaz "oblique, crooked" (cf. M.H.G. slimp "slanting, awry," Ger. schlimm "bad"). The verb meaning "to try to reduce one's weight" is recorded from 1930. Slimming "producing an appearance of
thinness" is from 1925. Slimnastics first recorded 1967. Slim Jim attested from 1889 in sense of "very thin person."
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Slang Dictionary

slim definition


  1. n.
    a tobacco cigarette. (The same as straight, as opposed to a marijuana cigarette, which may be thicker.) : I'll take a slim and a little mist, thanks.
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SLIM definition


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]

slim definition

jargon
A small, derivative change (e.g. to code).
(2003-05-13)

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Example sentences
It will be wonderful in a few weeks, but as of now the pickings are slim.
The object at hand is silver and imperially slim, a fast and famous airplane.
Local blues radio programming-which thrived during the blues heyday-is slim to
  nonexistent.
The barnacle sheds a good portion of its body and, slim as a slug, slips into
  the hole at the base of one of the crab's hairs.
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