\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Change is costly for the nation’s 18,874 funerals homes, many operating on slim margins, with consolidation frequent. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2022 Change is costly for the nation’s 18,874 funerals homes, many operating on slim margins, with consolidation frequent. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 If the company has been posting slim margins on high revenue, as many startups do, back payments and possible penalties can prove a challenge. Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 High-court nominations have become increasingly contentious in recent years, with all three of Republican former President Donald Trump’s picks being confirmed by slim margins with little or no Democratic support. Shalom Goodman, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 The Democratic Party, with very slim margins, controls the House and the Senate as well as the White House. Bernie Sanders, CNN, 20 Jan. 2022 But that could be a grave mistake based on the slim margins that comprise Tulsa's winless mark in league play. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 19 Jan. 2022 In a sport that is known for slim margins, Thomas has been crushing the competition. The Editors, National Review, 14 Dec. 2021 That rarely works out perfectly, leaving restaurants with notoriously slim profit margins of 3% to 5%. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That didn’t stop Kardashian, who asked the Ripley team to give her a few weeks to slim down and fit into the original. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 May 2022 The possibility of a liquid ocean beneath Pluto’s surface increases the chance of life existing on the dwarf planet from none, to slim. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 By learning how many from each category her body needed to meet her goals, Downey was able to splurge and still slim down. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,, 3 Jan. 2022 Party leaders are engaged in an all-out effort right now to work with the various factions of the party to narrow and slim down Biden's social safety net package. Lauren Fox, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 The anonymous tipster, who has a solid track record, says recent claims that Apple will slim down the bezels on the standard models is incorrect and the phones will be identical to the current iPhone 13. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 As far back as 1930, when director Josef von Sternberg told an already svelte Marlene Dietrich to slim down for Morocco, actresses have been pushed to lose weight. Lynette Rice,, 6 Mar. 2022 Democrats accelerated efforts to strike a deal on their social-policy and climate legislation, as Biden identified programs that party lawmakers could eliminate or slim down during a flurry of meetings at the White House. WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 Golisano brought in a new team that helped slim down the device. Amanda Chicago Lewis, Wired, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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\ 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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