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[slim-er] /ˈslɪm ər/
noun, British
a person who is trying to lose weight, especially by dieting.
Origin of slimmer
slim + -er1


[slim] /slɪm/
adjective, slimmer, slimmest.
slender, as in girth or form; slight in build or structure.
poor or inferior:
a slim chance; a slim excuse.
small or inconsiderable; meager; scanty:
a slim income.
sized for the thinner than average person.
verb (used with object), slimmed, slimming.
to make slim.
verb (used without object), slimmed, slimming.
to become slim.
Chiefly British. to try to become more slender, especially by dieting.
a garment size meant for a thin person.
Verb phrases
slim down,
  1. to lose weight, especially intentionally.
  2. (of a business) to reduce operating expenses; economize.
1650-60; < Dutch slim sly, (earlier) crooked (cognate with German schlimm bad, (earlier) crooked)
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slimmer
  • They make a fine yet dark line because they use slimmer leads that have been engineered to reduce breakage.
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  • If you weren't abused, the chance of your getting into trouble with the law was much, much slimmer.
  • It's a yellowed husk of its pristine-white former self, tragically hefty-looking next to its slimmer, silver younger sibling.
  • Adult ferruginous hawk has mostly white underparts with dark legs, slimmer wing silhouette.
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  • And previous studies have found that the fatter the moon, the slimmer the lion.
  • And they had slimmer chances of surviving metamorphosis, too.
  • Their findings: that slimmer folks had different versions of the six genes than their flabbier compeers.
British Dictionary definitions for slimmer


adjective slimmer, slimmest
small in width relative to height or length
small in amount or quality: slim chances of success
verb slims, slimming, slimmed
to make or become slim, esp by diets and exercise
to reduce or decrease or cause to be reduced or decreased
See also slim down
Derived Forms
slimly, adverb
slimmer, noun
slimness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch: crafty, from Middle Dutch slimp slanting; compare Old High German slimbi obliquity


the E African name for AIDS
Word Origin
from its wasting effects


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 and History for slimmer



1650s, "thin, slight, slender," from Dutch slim "bad, sly, clever," from Middle Dutch slim "bad, crooked," from Proto-Germanic *slembaz "oblique, crooked" (cf. Middle High German slimp "slanting, awry," German schlimm "bad, cunning, unwell"). In English 17c. also sometimes with a sense "sly, cunning, crafty." Related: Slimly; slimness. With obsolete extended adjectival forms Slimsy "flimsy, unsubstantial" (1845); slimikin "small and slender" (1745). Slim Jim attested from 1887 in sense of "very thin person;" from 1902 as a type of slender cigar; from 1975 as a brand of meat snack.


1808, "to scamp one's work, do carelessly or superficially," from slim (adj.). Meaning "to make slim" (a garment, etc.) is from 1862; meaning "reduce (one's) weight" is from 1930. Related: Slimmed; slimming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for slimmer

slick up

verb phrase

To make neat and more attractive; furbish; gussy up: What are they all slicked up for? (1828+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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