slime

noun
\ 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

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

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 Imagine popping to the store to pick up your final ribbons, wrapping paper, and sprouts—only to find actual Kate Middleton browsing the novelty festive socks and Prince George checking out the slime offerings. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Took Prince George and Princess Charlotte Christmas Shopping at a Bargain Store," 24 Dec. 2018 DIY Winter Zen Garden When slime and stress relief come together, magic happens. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "21 Best Crafts & DIYs For Kids This Holiday Season, According To The Property Brothers," 6 Dec. 2018 Feed the unicorn and sit her down on her glitter potty for a slime surprise. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Hottest toys for Christmas (unicorn poop included)," 28 Nov. 2018 So, again, in the case of like, some people really love these like slime videos. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Instagram is creating a ‘personalized mall’ for everyone," 21 Nov. 2018 Weird but true: Dogs lower intestinal tract glands produce a clear, jelly-like slime to lubricate the colon and help stool pass more easily. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 11 July 2018 The shade has been permeating Instagram leading up to autumn, and there are a handful of particular shades that seem to be the most popular, from mossy forest green to Nickelodeon-level slime green. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Fall's Most Unexpected Nail Color? Green In All Its Glory," 8 Oct. 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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More Definitions for slime

slime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slime

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

slime

noun
\ ˈslīm \

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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