slime-ball

slime

[slahym]
noun
1.
thin, glutinous mud.
2.
any ropy or viscous liquid matter, especially of a foul kind.
3.
a viscous secretion of animal or vegetable origin.
4.
Also called slimeball [slahym-bawl] . Slang. a repulsive or despicable person.
verb (used with object), slimed, sliming.
5.
to cover or smear with or as if with slime.
6.
to remove slime from, as fish for canning.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English slyme, Old English slīm; cognate with Dutch slijm, German Schleim, Old Norse slīm

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slime (slaɪm)
 
n
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
 
vb
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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slime
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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slime   (slīm)  Pronunciation Key 
A slippery or sticky mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as slugs or snails.
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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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