noun, often attributive
sla·​lom | \ˈslä-ləm \

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

Examples of slalom in a Sentence


slalomed through the crowd with the ease of an Olympic skier

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Andover junior Jason Denoncourt was dominant, winning both the slalom (36.37) and GS (37.53). Chris Bokum,, "Hingham girls, Marblehead boys take Alpine championships," 7 Mar. 2018 No one – man or woman – has ever won the Olympic slalom more than once. Ed Barkowitz,, "Tuesday's Olympic Watch: Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White in spotlight," 13 Feb. 2018 Each claimed an Olympic gold medal in her specialty: Vonn in the downhill in 2010; Shiffrin in the slalom in 2014, when Vonn was out after right knee surgery. Howard Fendrich And Pat Graham, Houston Chronicle, "Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin represent Alpine's best past, present, future," 6 Feb. 2018 At 9:05, coverage includes alpine skiing (men’s combined; slalom gold medal final run) and snowboarding (men’s halfpipe). David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, "On TV, Feb. 12: ‘Atomic’ eye-opener, Come to the ‘Cabaret’," 12 Feb. 2018 That attitude is still evident, as Stanton hopes to medal in at least one event — most likely the slalom — in South Korea. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Jamie Stanton heading to second Paralympic Winter Games," 6 Mar. 2018 Vonn won a bronze medal in the downhill , but skied out of Thursday's slalom leg of the Alpine combined in what was likely her last Olympic race. Hyung-jin Kim, Houston Chronicle, "Lindsey Vonn scatters grandfather's ashes near downhill course," 22 Feb. 2018 The only individual men’s event remaining is Thursday’s slalom. Pat Graham, The Seattle Times, "American men in danger of being shut out of Alpine medals," 18 Feb. 2018 Earlier in the day, the king also shared a snap of himself with Frida Hansdotter, who won gold for Sweden in the women’s slalom event. Maria Pasquini,, "Swedish King Can't Contain His Excitement as He Meets with Gold Medal-Winning Skiers," 17 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Certainly, even a first-year space law student could slalom through those rules. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why Trump's 'Space Force' Won't — and Shouldn't — Happen," 19 June 2018 The last leg of the journey was hair-raising: a 30-mile-long drive along fearsomely twisty Route 128, which slaloms north and west across a forested mountain pass before dropping into the valley at Boonville. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Anti-scooter activists tend to paint scooter riders as kamikaze daredevils, slaloming through cars and pedestrians. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electric Scooters," 6 June 2018 The group’s output lands on either side of the chamberlike feel of his early trio: complex, slaloming pieces that provide a hothouse environment for charged improvisation on one hand, and atmospheric works that privilege color and mood on the other. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Guitarist and oudist Gordon Grdina adapts to shifting contexts but always sounds like himself," 20 Apr. 2018 The Frenchman slalomed his way through the Saints defence with an intricate set of touches before cleverly stabbing the ball past Alex McCarthy for the opening goal of the tie., "Oliver Giroud Jokes That His Love of Skiing Inspired Stunning Solo Goal in FA Cup Semi Final," 23 Apr. 2018 Luis Suarez slalomed his way down the left-hand side and swung in a delightful cross to the back post for Coutinho to finish on the slide., "Valencia 0-2 Barcelona: Coutinho Scores First Barca Goal as Catalans Reach Copa del Rey Final," 8 Feb. 2018 Neymar was the opposite: endless slaloming dribbles, drifting effortlessly past defenders with sure touches and elegant movement — all culminating in cul-de-sacs. Rory Smith, New York Times, "In Loss to Real Madrid, P.S.G. Fails on the Big Stage It Covets," 14 Feb. 2018 At 2-2, Fawzi slalomed through the Hungarian defence from around the halfway line, beating goalkeeper Antal Szabó to become the first African player in history to score a World Cup hat-trick., "World Cup Countdown: 19 Weeks to Go - Remembering Egypt's Trailblazers of 1934," 8 Feb. 2018

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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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: a race especially on skis over a winding course that is marked by flags

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