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sla·​lom ˈslä-ləm How to pronounce slalom (audio)
often attributive
: skiing in a zigzag or wavy course between upright obstacles (such 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


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slalomed; slaloming; slaloms

intransitive verb

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

Examples of slalom in a Sentence

Verb slalomed through the crowd with the ease of an Olympic skier
Recent Examples on the Web
Shiffrin has now won four and Vlhova three of the seven slaloms so far this season, with the American leading her rival by 25 points in the discipline standings. USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 The pair slalom breezily through their long, downtempo, ambient-jazz passages with racks of synths strapped to their back. Pitchfork, 14 Dec. 2023 Jason Lamy Chappuis of France overtakes American Johnny Spillane on the final straightaway for the gold medal, winning four-tenths of a second ahead of Spillane. 2015 — Mikaela Shiffrin becomes the third woman to win back-to-back slalom titles at world championships. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Modular exercises included a slalom course, accident-avoidance maneuvers, emergency braking, and acceleration runs. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024 Two World Cup downhill skiing events were also supposed to take place in Chamonix on the same weekend as the men’s slalom, and two more in Garmisch, Germany. Charlie Metcalfe, WIRED, 10 Feb. 2024 Mikaela Shiffrin and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde made their red carpet debut at the 2021 ESPYs Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in slalom skiing at 18 years old in 2014. Kaitlin Stevens, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 What to Consider There is not a lot of lateral padding to absorb the wear and tear that comes with certain slalom moves. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2024 Kilde is Shiffrin's boyfriend and Vlhova is her biggest rival. Shiffrin, who specializes in the technical disciplines of slalom and giant slalom, hadn't raced a speed event since a super-G in Val d'Isere, France, more than a month ago. CBS News, 26 Jan. 2024
The English youngster received the ball under pressure outside of the opposition’s box before slaloming his way towards the goal, nut-megging a Wolves defender on the way. Ben Church, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 As the album slaloms between more traditional pop-punk and sonic twists both harder and softer, the production — done solely by Barker, a first for the band — is exceedingly slick. Bobby Olivier, SPIN, 20 Oct. 2023 Pinto successfully got a poke in to disrupt the slaloming run from Mukhtar. The Enquirer, 26 Mar. 2023 Never has a truck been so able to slalom, squeeze past and wedge in and out of traffic as this as squirt. Josh Max, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 The last of them came on Saturday, a storybook goal that involved slaloming between three defenders and then cannoning a fierce, rising shot past three more, as well as the goalkeeper. Rory Smith, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2023 With under a minute to go, Guiney took the ball inside her own 3-point arc, dribbled across half-court, went behind the back and slalomed her way to the basket for a layup. The Arizona Republic, 24 Feb. 2023 In his lifetime, Smith, 72, has seen the sport grow in form and style, from races to pools to freestyle to street to slalom. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2022 For those who need a classy hauler right away—and want to be able to slalom around obstacles with the same ease as driving straight over them—the V-8 First Edition is an alley-escaping action hero. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History



Norwegian slalåm, literally, sloping track

First Known Use


1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slalom was in 1921

Dictionary Entries Near slalom

Cite this Entry

“Slalom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: skiing in a zigzag or wavy course between upright poles
: a timed skiing race over such a course

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