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, gross, 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

South Korea meanwhile were still harbouring a slim chance of advancement themselves, despite losing their first two games. Nathan Hilditch, Pro Soccer USA, "South Korea 2-0 Germany: Champions curse strikes again as Germany exits World Cup," 27 June 2018 And any slim chance for restorative justice, a process that some defenders have touted as a natural inevitability should Onfroy not have died, is now gone. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Will XXXTentacion Be Remembered?," 19 June 2018 And there’s slim chance of a quick, legislative fix. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "Foreign-born adoptees discover they're not U.S. citizens," 4 June 2018 Yet here were theirs fans bobbing to music played by a deejay, waiting for a slim chance to squeeze into the rink, fine with wagering against the odds. Jesse Dougherty, chicagotribune.com, "Las Vegas, shaken by tragedy, finds an unlikely rallying point: Its first-year NHL team," 27 May 2018 The typical recovery time for such an injury is four to six weeks, which gave Steubing a slim chance of playing again. Adam Zuvanich, San Antonio Express-News, "Steubing’s unlikely return boosts Medina Valley," 11 May 2018 The already slim chances of Trump sitting for a voluntary interview with Mueller's investigators are growing dimmer, sources close to the President say. Pamela Brown, CNN, "Trump's legal team prepares for showdown with Mueller," 1 May 2018 The draft lottery, where the Hornets would have a slim chance to move up into a top-3 pick, is May 15 in Chicago, just before the annual draft combine there. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "What are Charlotte Hornets' options if they pick No. 11? These 4 players make sense | Charlotte Observer," 9 Apr. 2018 Calling from the phone bank of the noisy jail, Henry sounded like a different person – laughing and chattering after months of ruminations on his slim chances of living to see 20. Hannah Dreier, Daily Intelligencer, "Teenage MS-13 Gang Informant Heads Into Final Asylum Hearing," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As American waistlines expanded, an array of products hit the market promising to be the best, fastest way to help people slim down. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 These exercises also fire up the metabolism and heart rate, which helps slim the midsection. Philly.com, "3 exercises to fight signs of aging," 3 Apr. 2018 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

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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 \
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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