\ 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


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

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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 During last season’s playoffs, the NFL simulcast a game on Nickelodeon, which overlaid slime graphics onto the field while announcers, some of them kids, explained the rules and answered questions about the action. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 Yet in the past 10 years, toxic blooms have exploded at a scale never before seen, leaving scientists scrambling to figure out why the lake is now retching a viscous green slime as nasty as anything an industrial pipe can belch., 2 Sep. 2021 The sharp inclines and technical descents were covered in slime. Dave Skretta, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 The slime was diminishing the oxygen in the water, which is deadly to marine life. New York Times, 9 July 2021 Every week many of them scrub the slime off the bottoms of the boats just to keep them from slowing down. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 1 July 2021 Zindler famously cracked up The Chicken Ranch in La Grange and told us about slime in the ice machines of countless Houston restaurants during his lifetime tenure at ABC13. Dan Carson, Chron, 11 Aug. 2021 Restoring habitats so manatees can once again thrive would result in cleaner waterways, smarter development, flourishing wildlife and picturesque (and slime-free) coastlines, making Florida a better place overall. Arkansas Online, 9 July 2021 Set up some messy art projects — things like finger-painting, canvas-painting, tie-dye, slime-making and sidewalk chalk. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Parents, of course, will smile more sincerely about gifts that have some educational value — or won't slime the carpets or cause some other catastrophic mess. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, 18 Nov. 2019 Even on its best day, disclosure mostly serves up cheap ammunition for partisans to slime their opponents. Bradley A. Smith, National Review, 9 Aug. 2019 This time, the mysterious threat appears to be an attack of extraterrestrial cow patties, enormous heaps of foul-smelling gunk that fall out of the sky to slime the characters at random. Justin Chang,, 15 June 2018 All over Africa, anyone is free to slime the opposition. The Economist, 19 Apr. 2018 The media has been in training—and often paid—to slime me and to slander me for years. Belinda Luscombe, Time, 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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17 Sep 2021

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“Slime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slime

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


\ 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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