\ 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 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 Jellyfish do secrete mucus in stressful situations, but Dabiri and Xu didn’t observe the moon jellies engaging in this slimy behavior during the experiments. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Bionic jellyfish can swim three times faster," 31 Jan. 2020 Grant portrays a slimy reporter who wants to cash in on the drama. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Matthew McConaughey’s Mom & Hugh Grant’s Dad Should Absolutely Date," 17 Jan. 2020 Sweet Gizmo, as Billy (Zach Galligan) names his new pet, accidentally produces a handful of fellow mogwai who quickly become weaponized as slimy, semi-reptilian creatures with rheumy eyes. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The 10 greatest food scenes from holiday movies and what they really mean," 18 Dec. 2019

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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 3 Apr. 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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