slime

noun
\ ˈslīm How to pronounce slime (audio) \

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

slime

verb
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

guck (or gook), mire, muck, mud, ooze, slop, sludge, slush

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Examples of slime in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And the space station scenario uses a face oozing glowing green slime to explain how viruses can get into your body. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Junior Disease Detectives is for teens — but I geeked out over it, too," 11 Aug. 2018 What kid wouldn’t love making homemade slime, a marshmallow-toothpick tower or edible play dough? Zafreen Jaffery, Ed.d., miamiherald, "Bake cookies. Head to the library. Ways to keep your child's brain sharp during the summer," 27 June 2018 Here’s the calculus: Kids love mess, kids love slime, and kids love internet videos. Luke.winkie, Vox, "Inside Venezuela’s YouTube prank economy," 12 Dec. 2018 And some sources of novelty are truly inane. Hankering for a house coated in slime? Alison Murphy And Marissa Miller, WSJ, "The Unseen Cost of Subscription Boxes," 8 Nov. 2018 That's why this craft is perfect for any child who loves taking the slime out of the kitchen. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "21 Best Crafts & DIYs For Kids This Holiday Season, According To The Property Brothers," 6 Dec. 2018 From sketch comedies to game shows, the slime-tastic network has been creating gems since the '80s. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "The Ultimate Nickelodeon Trivia Quiz," 4 Dec. 2018 As Florida reels from the ‘red tide’ algae bloom on its Gulf Coast, a freshwater bloom on the other side of the state has caused blue-green toxic slime to appear in the St. Lucie River. James Rogers, Fox News, "Blue-green toxic algae invades Florida river," 15 Aug. 2018 By last week, as water circulated counterclockwise, 90 percent of the 370-square-mile lake was filled with foul green slime. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "What’s an algae bloom and how did it wind up sliming Florida’s biggest lake?," 10 July 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

Noun

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

Verb

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for slime

Noun

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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slime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slime

: a thick, slippery liquid
US, informal : a very bad, unpleasant, or dishonest person

slime

noun
\ ˈslīm How to pronounce slime (audio) \

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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