\ ˈslī-mē How to pronounce slimy (audio) \
slimier; slimiest

Definition of slimy

1 : of, relating to, or resembling slime : viscous also : covered with or yielding slime

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Other Words from slimy

slimily \ ˈslī-​mə-​lē How to pronounce slimily (audio) \ adverb
sliminess \ ˈslī-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce sliminess (audio) \ noun

Examples of slimy in a Sentence

Get your slimy fingers off my jacket. please remove your slimy boots before coming into the house
Recent Examples on the Web Be sure to change the water every day or so, or things will get slimy and smelly. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "There's No Better Time to... Regrow Your Scallions," 22 Apr. 2020 Take 10 pennies or pebbles (or any non-slimy object) and put them in your left pocket at the beginning of the day. CBS News, "Kindness 101 with Steve Hartman: How to be optimistic when life gets tough," 13 Apr. 2020 The feel of a lubricant is very personal — what is right for one person may feel slimy or tacky to someone else. New York Times, "Condoms With Extras? No Thanks," 10 Feb. 2020 To reduce slugs and snails, water in the morning so the garden has a chance to dry by nightfall, when the slimy pests are active; add a strip of copper tape around beds and plants to provide additional protection. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 16 Mar. 2020 Enter SynFrog: an amphibian that is as slimy as a real frog but has never drawn a breath. New York Times, "Bulletin Board," 20 Feb. 2020 The bird uses its long, curved bill to slice its food and to rub slimy frogs and snails on the ground before eating them. National Geographic, "Southern ground hornbill," 2 Mar. 2020 In a recent experiment, several women responded on Tinder and Tumblr to messages from men that ranged from generic to slimy. Ann Colwell, CNN, "The art of handling a backhanded compliment," 1 Mar. 2020 As is the case with Asian carp, this slimy customer feeds on algae and competes with juvenile fish and insects for food. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "These 8 Aquatic Invasive Species are Threatening Fisheries Across the U.S.," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of slimy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Slimy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce slimy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of slimy

: covered with slime
: resembling slime
informal : very dishonest, bad, or immoral


\ ˈslī-mē How to pronounce slimy (audio) \
slimier; slimiest

Kids Definition of slimy

1 : having a slippery feel or look
2 : covered with slime slimy rocks

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