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slimy

[slahy-mee] /ˈslaɪ mi/
adjective, slimier, slimiest.
1.
of or like slime.
2.
abounding in or covered with slime.
3.
offensively foul or vile.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see slime, -y1
Related forms
slimily, adverb
sliminess, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for slimily

slimy

/ˈslaɪmɪ/
adjective slimier, slimiest
1.
characterized by, covered with, containing, secreting, or resembling slime
2.
offensive or repulsive
3.
(mainly Brit) characterized by servility
Derived Forms
slimily, adverb
sliminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for slimily

slimy

adj.

late 14c., "covered with slime; of the nature of slime," from slime (n.) + -y (2). Cf. Middle Dutch slimich, Dutch slijmig, German schleimig. Figurative sense of "morally repulsive" is first attested 1570s. Related: Slimily; sliminess.

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Encyclopedia Article for slimily

slimy

any of certain fishes (order Perciformes) that are characterized by slimy bodies with small scales. They derive their name from the small but extendable mouth that slips out during feeding. The 3 genera and about 21 species are restricted to salt or brackish waters in the Indo-Pacific region

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