\ 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


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


slimly adverb
slimness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for slim

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Walsh's chances were slim, facing a president with the full backing of his party. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Joe Walsh ends bid for 2020 Republican presidential nomination, vows to fight "Cult of Trump"," 7 Feb. 2020 Even though The Masked Singer is pre-recorded and could have been filmed before the current basketball season, the likelihood of him carving out time for a chance at musical fame is slim. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "Who Is The Taco On 'The Masked Singer'? People Think LeBron James," 1 Feb. 2020 Part of the problem, cancer researchers say, is that most lung cancers are caught late in the disease stage, when the cancer has already spread and chances of long-term survival are slim. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Lung-Cancer Screening Saves Heavy Smokers’ Lives, Study Finds," 29 Jan. 2020 Although details were slim, proponents said the bill still has the goal of providing a lower-cost health insurance option. USA TODAY, "Giga roller coaster, ‘granny’ centennial, lion cubs born, Parker the cat passes away: News from around our 50 states," 24 Jan. 2020 Her chances of winning the French Open have historically been slim. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "‘I’m Better Than That,’ Serena Said. But Her Competition Is Better, Too.," 23 Jan. 2020 The overall fit is slim, clinging close to her silhouette. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Coat Styles Meghan Markle Wears the Most," 20 Jan. 2020 In a Laura Dern-dominated supporting actress category, however, Zhao's chances were slim. Anchorage Daily News, "This year’s biggest Oscar snubs, from Adam Sandler and Jennifer Lopez to women directing movies," 13 Jan. 2020 In a Laura Dern-dominated supporting actress category, however, Zhao’s chances were slim. Washington Post, "This year’s biggest Oscar snubs, from Adam Sandler and Jennifer Lopez to women directing movies," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That lighter weight comes mostly from the slide, which is a hybrid of steel and polymer and needed to slim down in order to straight-blowback cycle the diminutive .22 LR. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "Best New Rimfire Rifles and Handguns of the 2020 SHOT Show," 21 Jan. 2020 However, Synesael noted that AT&T’s current plans to slim down are probably not as ambitious as Elliott would like. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "AT&T under pressure to sell DirecTV amid heavy subscriber losses," 18 Sep. 2019 The PGA Championship allows players within the top 70 and tied to make the cut, while the Masters slims down the field to the top 50 and tied but also includes anyone within 10 shots of the lead. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "How Do They Determine the Cut at the U.S. Open?," 14 June 2019 Most Democrats, including Warren fans, believe Biden is being unfairly slimed by Trump, and his rivals have been unified in condemning the president. NBC News, "Trump impeachment inquiry could be pivotal in Warren-Biden primary fight," 26 Sep. 2019 Oversized as a linebacker and undersized as a defensive tackle but appears to have the potential to slim down as an off-ball linebacker or bulk up to put a hand down. Andrew Nemec | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Noah Sewell, 5-star linebacker, commits to Oregon Ducks," 23 Nov. 2019 Karlsen’s moves to slim down operations are likely just the beginning: Schram, who also spent five years at consulting firm McKinsey & Co., should have the management chops to make some hard choices in the months ahead. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Can Norwegian Air’s new CEO turn the struggling airline around?," 20 Nov. 2019 But analysts note that electric vehicles require significantly less labor, raising questions about how the coming shift could slim down such a critical part of the U.S. economy. Washington Post, "The new Ford Mustang is electric. But battery powered cars raise complicated questions for workers.," 19 Nov. 2019 Warren and Sanders, who represent a similar left-wing of the party, haven’t attacked each other yet but may feel pressure to as the field slims down. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "2020 Democrats Will Face Off on One Stage for the First Time This Week. Here's Everything to Know About the September Debate," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of slim


1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1862, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for slim


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

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10 Feb 2020

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“Slim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slim. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thin in an attractive way
: small in amount, size, or degree



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

: to make (something) thinner
\ ˈslim How to pronounce slim (audio) \
slimmer; slimmest

Kids Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : very small a slim chance


slimmed; slimming

Kids Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become slender

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