slime ball


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] . 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.

before 1000; Middle English slyme, Old English slīm; cognate with Dutch slijm, German Schleim, Old Norse slīm Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
slime (slaɪm)
1.  soft thin runny mud or filth
2.  any moist viscous fluid, esp when noxious or unpleasant
3.  a mucous substance produced by various organisms, such as fish, slugs, and fungi
4.  to cover with slime
5.  to remove slime from (fish) before canning
[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 & History

O.E. slim "slime," from P.Gmc. *slimaz (cf. O.N. slim, O.Fris. slym, Du. slijm, Ger. Schleim "slime"), probably related to O.E. lim "sticky substance," from PIE base *(s)lei- "slime, slimy, sticky, slippery" (cf. Rus. slimak "snail;" O.C.S. slina "spittle;" O.Ir. sligim "to smear;" Welsh llyfn "smooth;"
Gk. leimax "snail," limne "marsh, pool, lake;" L. limus "slime, mud, mire," linere "to daub, besmear, rub out, erase;" see lime (1)). The verb meaning "to cover with slime" is recorded from 1628. The figurative sense of slimy as "morally repulsive" is first attested 1575.
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Science Dictionary
slime   (slīm)  Pronunciation Key 
A slippery or sticky mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as slugs or snails.
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Slang Dictionary

slime definition

  1. n.
    a worthless person; a low and wretched person. : What a slime that guy is!
  2. n.
    degrading matters; corrupt people or situations. : I don't want to be involved in slime like that.
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Bible Dictionary

Slime definition

(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.)

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