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[slahy-mee] /ˈslaɪ mi/
adjective, slimier, slimiest.
of or like slime.
abounding in or covered with slime.
offensively foul or vile.
Origin of slimy
1350-1400; Middle English; see slime, -y1
Related forms
slimily, adverb
sliminess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slimy
  • We reached into the slimy net, flipped it inside out and dumped the contents onto a mesh screen.
  • The current is not strong, but the rocks are slimy with hippo leavings.
  • We see some evidence of a slimy substance on our strings, but don't know if that is the beginning of crystal formation.
  • The leaves of watercress quickly become yellow and slimy when improperly handled.
  • These one-celled microorganisms can cause fruits and vegetables to get mushy or slimy, or meat to develop a bad odor.
British Dictionary definitions for slimy


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

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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