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

dodge, duck, jink, sidestep, weave, zigzag

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Examples of slalom in a Sentence


slalomed through the crowd with the ease of an Olympic skier

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But on Wednesday, when the weather is expected to be fair with light winds, the women’s slalom will be raced. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Strong Winds Bring More Skiing Delays, and Good News for Shiffrin," 11 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, American alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin is looking for her first gold medal in the women's slalom. CBS News, "Winter Games 2018: Shaun White, Mikaela Shiffrin seeking gold at Olympics," 14 Feb. 2018 Mikaela Shiffrin went to the 2014 Olympics as the 18-year-old favorite in the women's slalom. Anchorage Daily News, "Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin masters the downhill in her spare time," 8 Feb. 2018 Elsewhere, others were clustered together to delineate other obstacles to negotiate—a slalom course and so on. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget lap times; this car control class makes teen drivers safer," 6 Nov. 2018 North Korea will also send: two figure skaters to compete in the pairs competition; two male speed skaters; two men and one women in cross-country skiing distance events; two men and one woman in Alpine skiing's slalom and giant slalom races. Graham Dunbar, Houston Chronicle, "IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports," 20 Jan. 2018 Dominating both speed events, like the super-G, and technical events, like the slalom, is rarity in the sport. SELF, "Why Mikaela Shiffrin’s First-Ever World Cup Win in the Alpine Skiing Super-G Event Is so Impressive," 6 Dec. 2018 Mikaela Shiffrin — already one of five American gold medalists with her giant slalom win last week — is a favorite in the combined (slalom and downhill) event, which is scheduled for Friday. Sean Gregory/gangneung, Time, "USA Women's Hockey Team Is Now the Great American Olympic Hope," 19 Feb. 2018 Jer’s first time on the slalom ski, and Ember’s first time on the boat! Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey Roloff Shares Rare Wedding Footage on Instagram for Her and Jeremy's Anniversary," 21 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of slalom

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

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