: skiing in a zigzag or wavy course between upright obstacles (as flags)
: a timed race (as on skis or in an automobile or kayak) over a winding or zigzag course past a series of flags or markers; broadly : movement over a zigzag route
Origin of SLALOM
literally, sloping track
First Known Use: 1921
2slalom intransitive verb
: to move over a zigzag course in or as if in a slalom
Examples of SLALOM
- <slalomed through the crowd with the ease of an Olympic skier>
First Known Use of SLALOM
slalom noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Alpine skiing event in which competitors race one at a time down a zigzag or wavy course past a series of flags or markers called gates. The course is carefully designed to test the skier's skill, timing, and judgment. A skier who misses a gate is disqualified unless he or she returns and passes through it from the proper side. Men's events use 55–75 gates, women's 45–65. The giant slalom has characteristics of both slalom and downhill skiing; giant-slalom gates are wider and set farther apart, and the course is longer than in the slalom. The supergiant slalom (super-G) is closer to downhill; its course is steeper and straighter than that of the other slalom events and features longer, more sweeping turns taken at higher speed.
Skier competing in the slalom.—Fabrice CoffriniAFP/Getty Images
Seen & Heard
What made you want to look up slalom? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).