slim

adjective
\ ˈslim \
slimmer; slimmest

Definition of slim 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of small diameter or thickness in proportion to the height or length : slender

3a : inferior in quality or amount : slight

b : scanty, small a slim chance

slim

verb
slimmed; slimming

Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make slender : decrease the size of

intransitive verb

: to become slender

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Other words from slim

Adjective

slimly adverb
slimness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for slim

Synonyms: Adjective

bony (also boney), fatless, lean, lithe, skinny, slender, spare, svelte, thin

Antonyms: Adjective

chubby, corpulent, fat, obese, overweight, plump, portly, rotund, tubby

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Adjective

thin, slender, slim, slight, tenuous mean not thick, broad, abundant, or dense. thin implies comparatively little extension between surfaces or in diameter, or it may imply lack of substance, richness, or abundance. thin wire a thin soup slender implies leanness or spareness often with grace and good proportion. the slender legs of a Sheraton chair slim applies to slenderness that suggests fragility or scantiness. a slim volume of poetry a slim chance slight implies smallness as well as thinness. a slight build tenuous implies extreme thinness, sheerness, or lack of substance and firmness. a tenuous thread

Examples of slim in a Sentence

Adjective

She looked slim and fit for her age. He has a slim build. I was a lot slimmer in those days. They have only a slim chance of winning.

Verb

She started exercising to slim her thighs. I'll skip dessert; I'm slimming.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As witty Bud Tucker would say, three chances, Todd — slim, none and fat. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Latest star Laker? Yeah, just forgot all the early great ones," 7 July 2018 At a glance, Drake’s features on Scorpion are slim, but anything but modest. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "Every Artist on Drake's 'Scorpion' Who Isn't a Feature," 29 June 2018 Salaries in this field are actually somewhat slimmer (in the capital region) when compared to the same jobs in San Francisco or San Jose. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Which city’s health workers boast highest disposable income? Hint: It’s a capital," 28 June 2018 South Korea’s chances to advance are slim, and captain Ki Sung-yueng won’t play because of a left calf injury. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Brazil and Germany try to salvage World Cup and advance," 26 June 2018 And while the slim, rectangular towers are fairly staid, a block-long LED screen at their base is not. Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Look at the Three-Tower Complex That’s Transforming L.A.’s Skyline," 14 June 2018 While the chances of Cal 3 passing are slim, the hypothetical impact would be felt both on a state and federal level. Mark Murray, NBC News, "Are Democratic prospects looking up in Ohio?," 13 June 2018 By 2004, the iTunes Music Store had launched, along with slimmer, cheaper, and more capacious iPods that worked with Windows in addition to Mac. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Apple's Airpods Are an Omen," 12 June 2018 The photographs are slim, and wrinkles already cleave the faces of the permanent adolescents. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Taste of Chicago ends Sunday, which must be depressing to those who love standing out in the hot sun, sweating, eating fatty food in crowds and getting slimed by strangers committing the sin of Random Sweat Transfer. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "For Mayor Globe-trotter, it's the money that matters," 13 July 2018 But over the past decade the rich have started to slim down, as the poor have got bigger. The Economist, "As rich children slim down, poor ones are getting fatter," 31 May 2018 Radabaugh said customers had already made plans in case the marina gets slimed again. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Political muscle halts release of Lake O's foul water. The reprieve won't last long," 9 July 2018 Something slimed and dark started unfolding itself, then dropped to the paving with a thick wet slap. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Things at Chicagoland — which is actually about an hour outside of the Windy City — have always been a little wacky, particularly with its Victory Lane celebrations that have included absurd trophies and the winner getting slimed. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Remembering when a giant inflatable orange invaded NASCAR's Chicago track," 28 June 2018 The obvious reason for cheer was Mr Flannery’s renewed promise to slim down the unwieldy conglomerate, including a vow to slash its net debt and pension obligations by $25bn. The Economist, "John Flannery gets down to business restructuring General Electric," 27 June 2018 Ayako’s departure from the royal family slims it down to 17 members. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Second Japanese Princess in 2 Years Will Marry a Commoner, Leave Royal Family," 26 June 2018 Since then, Apple has been trying to slim it down, first by removing its App Store section last year. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Apple is ordering so many shows, with nowhere to show them," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of slim

Adjective

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1862, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for slim

Adjective

Dutch, bad, inferior, from Middle Dutch slimp crooked, bad; akin to Middle High German slimp awry

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More Definitions for slim

slim

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thin in an attractive way

: small in amount, size, or degree

slim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) thinner

slim

adjective
\ ˈslim \
slimmer; slimmest

Kids Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : very small a slim chance

slim

verb
slimmed; slimming

Kids Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become slender

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