slim

adjective
\ ˈslim How to pronounce slim (audio) \
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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Given Johnson’s potential, the chances of the two repeating that are slim. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Meet Luke Montgomery, the potential 5-star leader of Ohio State football’s 2023 recruiting class: Buckeyes Recruiting," 2 Mar. 2021 Arguably our favorite feature of this entry-level Lenovo monitor would be the slim bezels. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best computer monitors of 2021," 1 Mar. 2021 The Hornets’ defense opened the season with six straight shutouts and allowed more than two TDs only once, so the chances of a Komets comeback were pretty slim. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Stadium farewell: Lincoln’s Marcus Allen had game for the ages in 1977 finals," 26 Feb. 2021 As Toon wrote in Principles of Emergency Medical Dispatch years later, the department’s single paramedic unit was far enough away that the odds of it arriving in time to help were slim. Brian Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Call That Saved My Father-in-Law’s Life," 26 Feb. 2021 Zitahli’s Wallet can hold up to 12 cards and is still slim! Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon has 10 special deals today for Prime subscribers only," 24 Feb. 2021 But the odds of a team paying Haack $4 million annually in an offseason where half the league doesn’t have the salary cap space to even sign their 2021 draftees because of the salary cap’s projected drop of $20 million are slim. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Dolphins not expected to use franchise or transition tag on impending free agents," 23 Feb. 2021 For all of Spotify’s hard work, the realities of running a streaming audio company are unavoidable: Margins are slim and competition is strong. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Spotify Stock Hits New High, Valuing Company at $72B," 22 Feb. 2021 The front design doesn't look that much different from the current OnePlus 8 Pro, with a hole punch camera and slim bezels all around. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Get your first look at a OnePlus 9 prototype," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some chains tried their best to slim down, while others did the exact opposite. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "What's new in fast food: Chicken sandwiches and cauliflower rice," 30 Jan. 2021 The researchers made systematic assessments of the whales’ size and fat stores using these photos and found that beginning in 2019 the whales started to slim down. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nearly 400 Gray Whales Have Died Off the West Coast Since 2019," 27 Jan. 2021 NBCUniversal is shutting down its sports channel, NBCSN, the latest move by media giants to slim down their portfolios in the face of cord cutting. Gerry Smith, Fortune, "NBC to shut sports network," 22 Jan. 2021 So while fill power definitely shaves ounces for those looking to slim down their kit, the weight difference in many jackets is minor, and real weight savings are likely to come down to everything around the down. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, "Do You Actually Need a 1,000-Fill Down Jacket?," 23 Dec. 2020 Canoe Area Wilderness is a reckless proposal that is heavy on talking points but slim on evidence. Star Tribune, "Counterpoint: We need a 'Prove It First' law for mining in Minnesota.," 20 Dec. 2020 The makers of some of Britain’s oldest comfort foods—long at a disadvantage as the nation looks to slim down—are suddenly talking up the heft of their creations to reduce the risk of being deemed insubstantial. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Forget Brexit and Lockdowns. England Is Debating Pork Pies and Scotch Eggs.," 11 Dec. 2020 Managing deer populations will leave fewer mouths to feed as resources slim heading into winter. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Why the Hill Country is prime for does," 12 Nov. 2020 As the pandemic has forced many restaurants to slim down their menus and simplify for takeout, the Bay Area has seen even more comfort food across the board. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Comfort food is reigning in the Bay Area. Is it good for dining culture as a whole?," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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6 Mar 2021

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“Slim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slim. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce slim (audio) \
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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