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

fine, hairline, narrow, needlelike, paper-thin, skinny, slender, slim-jim, thin, ultrathin

Antonyms: Adjective

broad, fat, wide

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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

Powerful yet slim and built with a convertible hinge design so it can be used like a tablet, this laptop is a great selection for grads, especially those going back to school in the fall. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 20 best high school graduation gifts of 2019," 7 June 2019 There was a time when fashion in New York City was far less corporate, more ad hoc, when tribes and teams operated on the slimmest of margins and relied for survival on passion, gumption, favors, connections and maxing out somebody’s credit card. New York Times, "For New York Men’s Fashion, Small Is Beautiful," 5 June 2019 Adler recalled in Basquiat Before Basquiat, a slim volume that accompanied the first public exhibition, in 2017, of the surviving materials from that East 12th Street squat. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 The chances of a deal have seemed slim, but the logic of a truce grows stronger as the stock market falls further. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Trade Canary," 20 Nov. 2018 One, when Marte tossed a chopper to starting pitcher Andrew Heaney covering first base, was challenged, and Bellinger lost by the slimmest of margins. Ethan Bauer, latimes.com, "Five things we learned from the Angels' series-clinching 4-3 win over the Dodgers," 9 July 2018 The Yankees and Red Sox are, as ever, separated by just the slimmest of margins here. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "The Mariners Firmly Enter Baseball's Top Tier in Our Latest Power Rankings," 2 July 2018 Despite Khan’s courting of the hard-liners, his chances of victory appear slim. Time, "Cricket Hero Imran Khan Led Pakistan's Team to Victory. As a Politician, He's Riding a Populist Wave," 28 June 2018 With Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, undergoing cancer treatment, Republicans have the slimmest of majorities: 50-49. New York Times, "With Roe in the Balance, Two Republicans Hold High Court in Their Hands," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If insolvency proceedings begin, the chances of finding a suitable buyer will further slim. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Trouble for banks as Jet Airways’ other creditors approach bankruptcy court," 10 June 2019 Injections cannot narrow the nasal tip or bring the nostrils in to slim the width of the nose at its base. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything to You Need to Know When Considering a Non-Surgical Nose Job," 11 Mar. 2019 After years of swallowing up beer brands and loading up on debt, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA is looking to slim down and exploring a stock-market listing of its Asia business. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "AB InBev Explores IPO for Asia Business," 4 Feb. 2019 While many celebs liked getting slimed, one in particular did not. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Outrageous Facts About Nickelodeon Slime," 10 Dec. 2018 Further Reading Razer slims down Blade, debuts macOS-compatible eGPU enclosure The other big new feature here is an IR Web camera with Windows Hello support, a first for Razer laptops. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The Razer Blade Stealth gets an overhaul with a 4K display and better graphics," 4 Dec. 2018 Those efforts to slim down a bit appear to have succeeded: the company had a profitable quarter last year. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "GoPro’s Hero 7 camera has leaked via a store display," 1 Sep. 2018 To slim down your body and reset your mind, lace up your sneakers for a heart-pumping workout. Tehrene Firman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is How Many Calories You Burn From Walking," 8 Aug. 2018 Tess Holliday is outraged after an app used her photo without permission to show off a feature that slims down people’s bodies. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Tess Holliday Slams App that Slimmed Down Her Body Without Permission: 'Appalling'," 23 May 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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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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