\ˈslīm \

Definition of slime 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : soft moist earth or clay especially : viscous mud

2 : a viscous, glutinous, or gelatinous substance: such as

a : a mucous or mucoid secretion of various animals (such as slugs and catfishes)

b : a product of wet crushing consisting of ore ground so fine as to pass a 200-mesh screen

3 US, informal : a morally repulsive or odious person


slimed; sliming

Definition of slime (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to smear or cover with slime

2 : to remove slime from (something, such as fish for canning)

intransitive verb

: to become slimy

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Synonyms for slime

Synonyms: Noun

bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, jerk, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, toad, varmint, vermin

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Examples of slime in a Sentence


Green slime covers the surface of the pond. She thinks men are slime.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

We were usually covered in red dust and swamp slime from playing outside. Marc Myers, WSJ, "A Pulitzer-Prize Winner Learned Storytelling in the Deep South," 3 July 2018 As a bona fide 90s kid raised by TV, Marc Summers was nothing short of a deity in my pre-teen eyes — a god of wisdom and slime. Michele Corriston,, "Double Dare's Marc Summers to Host a '90s Version of HQ Trivia: Find Out How to Play for $50K," 20 June 2018 Products included handmade cake pops, organic dog biscuits, slime, jewelry, bath products and bookmarks. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "At a D.C. business fair, kids test their entrepreneurial skills — and cash in," 12 May 2018 Cena, a pro wrestler and actor, and other Hollywood types got doused with green slime, as is tradition at the event., "John Cena gets ‘slimed’ at Kids’ Choice Awards," 26 Mar. 2018 The Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles featured host John Cena and others getting doused with green slime, as is tradition, along with performances and awards. Nicole Evatt, USA TODAY, "Kids' Choice Awards: Stars praise youth marches," 25 Mar. 2018 Pringles are a Frankensnack, the pink slime of chips: They’re formed from a paste of rice, wheat, corn and potato flakes, and reconstituted into their characteristic curvy shape before being sprayed with a flavor coating. Maura Judkis, Houston Chronicle, "Pringles could never have captured Nashville’s hot chicken in a chip," 13 July 2018 The slime also shows potential as an anti-foulant for ship hulls. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Hagfish study looks at potential of ‘slime eels’ to become a new fishery for Alaska," 5 June 2018 Slime Party Create your own scented slime and have a blast on your Saturday morning. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Start weekend on a high note with free showing of 'Up'," 22 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

All over Africa, anyone is free to slime the opposition. The Economist, "How African governments try to control what is said online," 19 Apr. 2018 The media has been in training—and often paid—to slime me and to slander me for years. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Rose McGowan on Her 'Brave' New Book and Surviving the 'Cult of Hollywood'," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of slime


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for slime


Middle English, from Old English slīm; akin to Middle High German slīm slime, Latin limus mud — more at lime

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The first known use of slime was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of slime

: a thick, slippery liquid

: a very bad, unpleasant, or dishonest person


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Kids Definition of slime

1 : soft slippery mud

2 : a soft slippery material (as on the skin of a slug or catfish)

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