noun, often attributive
sla·​lom | \ ˈslä-ləm How to pronounce slalom (audio) \

Definition of slalom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : skiing in a zigzag or wavy course between upright obstacles (such as flags)
2 : 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


slalomed; slaloming; slaloms

Definition of slalom (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move over a zigzag course in or as if in a slalom

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Synonyms for slalom

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of slalom in a Sentence

Verb slalomed through the crowd with the ease of an Olympic skier
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, four minutes later, Gavi went on a slalom run down the right flank that Dembele would be proud of and set Pedri up for his third goal in five games as the Catalans took the lead. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 His cousin Jimmy competed in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, finishing as the top American in the slalom in Turin in 2006. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 5 Feb. 2022 The 17-year-old captures a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia by a massive 1.19-second margin. Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 Mikaela Shiffrin has won gold medals at her previous two Olympics (the slalom in 2014 and giant slalom in 2018). Les Carpenter, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2021 Not everyone wants to know why a certain skier fell in the slalom or those curlers went for broke with the hammer throw. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 The combined adds the times from one downhill run and one slalom run. Bernie Wilson, Chron, 10 Feb. 2022 The Colorado native also created an interesting pre-Olympic wrinkle in the lead up to Beijing, beating heavy favorite Petra Vlhova in the slalom in Schladming, Austria. Helen Regan, CNN, 9 Feb. 2022 Lindsey Vonn, who made the surprise decision to race the combined for the first time in more than two years, missed a gate in the slalom and did not finish. The Editors, Outside Online, 10 Feb. 2015 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb West's Caleb Lewandowski won boys slalom individual title with a time of 1 minute, 0.18 seconds over his two runs, just 13 tenths of a second had of Rochester Adams' Nathan Dehart. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 1 Mar. 2022 As the skiers slalom and snowboarders snowcross, the Chinese government is likely to be working hard behind the scenes on a perhaps even trickier feat: controlling the weather. Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2022 How could anyone judge a soul bold enough to slalom through England’s entire defense in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals? Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2020 In this season, Remy challenges a self-parking Tesla Model X to a parallel-park-off in a Fiat 500, Cam slaloms a golf cart through a course made of shopping carts, and all of the kids get to use the simulators at the LA auto show. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 17 Apr. 2020 Rafael Leão slalomed past several defenders to pull one back in style for Milan’s only real highlight. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2019 Its highlight is an enormous parade of skiers and boarders decked out in Pride flags and costumes, slaloming down the mountain, and then marching through Whistler Village. Miles Griffis, Outside Online, 27 Nov. 2019 On weekends, many young men drive their cars out to the desert to go off-roading, slaloming down the sides of sand dunes as spectators watch. Wired, 26 Nov. 2019 Henrique then scored late in the second after taking the puck from Tomas Hertl and slaloming to the crease to roof a backhand. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of slalom


1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slalom


Norwegian slalåm, literally, sloping track

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21 May 2022

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“Slalom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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