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[slahym] /slaɪm/
thin, glutinous mud.
any ropy or viscous liquid matter, especially of a foul kind.
a viscous secretion of animal or vegetable origin.
Also called slimeball [slahym-bawl] /ˈslaɪmˌbɔl/ (Show IPA). Slang. a repulsive or despicable person.
verb (used with object), slimed, sliming.
to cover or smear with or as if with slime.
to remove slime from, as fish for canning.
Origin of slime
before 1000; Middle English slyme, Old English slīm; cognate with Dutch slijm, German Schleim, Old Norse slīm Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slime
  • Covered in slime, the pirate fisherman slumps on the ground.
  • And his mat- ted wet hair and dIrt-smeared body suggest that he has crawled through slime to reach his father's gate.
  • Another showed an arm holding up a guitar dripping with water and slime from the flood.
  • Eventually, the fluke is excreted in the snail's slime, which is conveniently eaten by an ant.
  • All the other attendees squirmed in their circle, especially the slime molds.
  • But out of the rottenness and slime grew much that was vigorous and good.
  • Some branches are literally rotten, their concrete walls covered in slime and window bars rusted.
  • Television smears slime laterally, coating everything.
  • There's even a variety that subsists on the slime left by snails.
  • The organisms, or foraminifera, are similar to algae or slime-molds.
British Dictionary definitions for slime


soft thin runny mud or filth
any moist viscous fluid, esp when noxious or unpleasant
a mucous substance produced by various organisms, such as fish, slugs, and fungi
verb (transitive)
to cover with slime
to remove slime from (fish) before canning
Word Origin
Old English slīm; related to Old Norse slīm, Old High German slīmen to smooth, Russian slimák snail, Latin līmax snail
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Word Origin and History for slime

Old English slim "slime," from Proto-Germanic *slimaz (cf. Old Norse slim, Old Frisian slym, Dutch slijm "slime, phlegm," German Schleim "slime"), probably related to Old English lim "birdlime; sticky substance," from PIE root *(s)lei- "slimy, sticky, slippery" (cf. Sanskrit linati "sticks, stays, adheres to; slips into, disappears;" Russian slimak "snail;" Old Church Slavonic slina "spittle;" Old Irish sligim "to smear," leinam "I follow," literally "I stick to;" Welsh llyfn "smooth;" Greek leimax "snail," limne "marsh, pool, lake," alinein "to anoint, besmear;" Latin limus "slime, mud, mire," linere "to daub, besmear, rub out, erase"). As an insult to a person from mid-15c. Slime-mold is from 1880.


"to cover with slime," 1620s, from slime (n.). Related: Slimed; sliming.

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slime in Science
A slippery or sticky mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as slugs or snails.
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Slang definitions & phrases for slime


  1. A delay in collecting a debt: How about a slide on my rent? (1990s+)
  2. Something easily done; cinch, piece of cake

To depart; split (1859+)

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slime in the Bible

(Gen. 11:3; LXX., "asphalt;" R.V. marg., "bitumen"). The vale of Siddim was full of slime pits (14:10). Jochebed daubed the "ark of bulrushes" with slime (Ex. 2:3). (See PITCH.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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