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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 Instead, shortly after exiting her womb, my niece was unceremoniously plopped on her chest, sans blanket, bloodied and dripping with slime. Kaila Yu, Glamour, 26 May 2021 In addition to the slime, the silver bumper of his van had just been painted black — detectives during the manhunt had described the silver bumper in their bulletin to the public., 20 May 2021 Desrocher needs about 80 grams of slime to make 15 100-gram soap bars. Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 YouTubers are always doing 24-hour challenges — 24 hours in your bedroom, 24 hours in a tub of slime, 24 hours reading. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2021 Jost excitedly responded that the slime was appropriate for MTV Awards. Rachel Yang,, 17 May 2021 Needless to say, Peter goes all in for their clients' visits with animal prints overlaid on technicolor ombre, Bratz illustrations backed by glitter, and slime-like drips falling down a neon base — just to name a few. Devon Abelman, Allure, 3 May 2021 The vinegar will keep the bowl clean and stop slime from forming. Fran Aliwalas, Popular Mechanics, 15 Apr. 2021 If they’re penned in shallow coastal pools, the solid waste turns into a thick slime on the seafloor, smothering plants and animals. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 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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13 Jun 2021

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“Slime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slime

: a thick, slippery liquid
US, informal : 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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