1 of 2


: soft moist earth or clay
especially : viscous mud
: a viscous, glutinous, or gelatinous substance: such as
: a mucous or mucoid secretion of various animals (such as slugs and catfishes)
: a product of wet crushing consisting of ore ground so fine as to pass a 200-mesh screen
US, informal : a morally repulsive or odious person


2 of 2


slimed; sliming

transitive verb

: to smear or cover with slime
: to remove slime from (something, such as fish for canning)

intransitive verb

: to become slimy

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
Psalm also had a cardboard cartoon cutout of himself that stood between tins that had green slime coming out of them. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 From cockroaches and rat droppings to mold and yellow slime, Sacramento County health inspectors can encounter some eyebrow-raising conditions at local restaurants. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 9 May 2024 Slimy Sallies, 2 p.m. at Potato Creek State Park: Visit the park’s Nature Center between 2-4 pm to learn why slime helps salamanders survive. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Apr. 2024 Three soda nozzles were coated with slime and mold-like accumulation. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 12 Apr. 2024 Snail slime for sublime skin is taking over the internet. USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 When TikTok Shop first started, there was snail mucin, which is snail slime for your face. Lauren Goode Michael Calore, WIRED, 4 Apr. 2024 The interior of the ice machine was producing dirty ice due to mold and slime, according to inspectors. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Apr. 2024 The words, once popular in slime making, have taken on a new meaning, and it’s left TikTok users a bit confused. Paloma Chavez, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024
Parker could be seen holding a JW Anderson pigeon clutch from season 2 while Davis was dressed in a sliming black ensemble with a pink satin bow and a white peter pan collar. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Editor’s picks At Nickelodeon, parents stood at the sidelines as kids took center stage: tackling slapstick skits, getting slimed, or completing Fear-Factor-like dares. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2024 When the first trailer for the film went viral this year, trolls came out of their caves and slimed it. Brett Weiss, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Either way, sliming needs to be included in more awards shows. Alejandra Gularte, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2023 And, naturally, the Left failed our soldiers as well, sliming them as baby-killers and such. Ray Nothstine, National Review, 11 Nov. 2023 The knife is designed to be slimed with blood and guts, with aggressive jimping on the spine. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 5 Oct. 2023 The cover art in question is an 11-year-old photo of Halle Berry getting slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 18 Sep. 2023 The rapper teased the track with with a photo of Halle Berry getting slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 16 Sep. 2023

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Slime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: soft moist earth or clay
especially : sticky slippery or sticky mud
: a slippery or sticky substance
especially : one that various animals (as slugs or catfishes) secrete onto their skin

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