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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.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
They make a fine yet dark line because they use slimmer leads that have been
  engineered to reduce breakage.
And the odds of correctly picking upsets-a fillip of participating in a
  pool-will get slimmer.
The claws often grow back to their original size, but they are slimmer.
If you weren't abused, the chance of your getting into trouble with the law was
  much, much slimmer.
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