slim

1 of 2

adjective

slimmer; slimmest
1
: of small diameter or thickness in proportion to the height or length : slender
2
3
a
: inferior in quality or amount : slight
b
: scanty, small
a slim chance
slimly adverb
slimness noun

slim

2 of 2

verb

slimmed; slimming

transitive verb

: to make slender : decrease the size of

intransitive verb

: to become slender
Choose the Right Synonym for slim

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
By contrast, Israel’s air force is commanded by a two-star major general, served by a far slimmer staff that has no choice but to devolve authority downward. Shashank Joshi, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Asked what his departure says about the state of the House Republican Conference, Green argued that any dysfunction is due to the slim margins in the House. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 The dangers of the slim margin were already apparent on Tuesday night, even before Mr. Suozzi won the Long Island seat formerly occupied by George Santos, the Republican lawmaker who was expelled from the House in December. Annie Karni, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 But for now the result narrows the already slim Republican majority in the House. Anthony Izaguirre, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 The sale comes just over a week after Southwest revealed its new slimmer seat design, which will be installed on the airline’s new Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX-8 aircraft next year. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2024 The 24-year-old’s brilliant effort was the only goal of the first leg, with the Spanish giant taking its slim lead into the return fixture at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid on March 6. Ben Church, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 The briefs are cut to a mid-rise, and the matching bralette features a hook fastening at front and slim adjustable straps. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 The slim hull has been optimized for cruising, with weight, aerodynamics, and balance carefully adjusted for greater drag reduction. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2024
Verb
Mergers and acquisitions can help to slim the number of vendors offering similar services, but market consolidation risks locking security chiefs into business with fewer providers, said John-Claude Hesketh, CEO at Marlin Hawk, a global recruitment firm. James Rundle, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2023 The proposal slims the platform from 11 pages to four. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 All the while, our narrator is plied with products that slim her thighs, smooth her skin, and lighten her hair. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 16 May 2023 Mazda chose to use a wet clutch pack in place of a conventional torque converter; this arrangement is more compact, which slims the transmission's size and opens up additional foot room for front-seat passengers by reducing the width of the transmission tunnel. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 4 Apr. 2023 Avoiding sugary drinks, refined carbs, and excess calories can also help men slim down. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 Where other workstation-y laptops like Dell’s XPS 15 have dropped ports and offer only limited GPU options in an effort to slim down and become more mobile, the X1 Extreme still comes with a healthy selection of ports (both in number and variety) and offers GPUs all the way up to Nvidia’s RTX 3080. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 17 Dec. 2021 He’s spent his first few months on campus trying to slim down some. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 Skin tightening using radiofrequency microneedling, such as with Profound RF, can help to slim and tighten the cheek area. Jessica Ourisman, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1862, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of slim was in 1657

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Cite this Entry

“Slim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slim. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

slim

1 of 2 adjective
slimmer; slimmest
1
: of small diameter or thickness in comparison with the height or length
2
a
: low in quality or quantity : slight
b
: scanty, small
has a slim chance of winning
slimly adverb
slimness noun

slim

2 of 2 verb
slimmed; slimming
: to make or become slender

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