slim

adjective
\ ˈslim \
slimmer; slimmest

Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of small diameter or thickness in proportion to the height or length : slender
3a : inferior in quality or amount : slight
b : scanty, small a slim chance

slim

verb
slimmed; slimming

Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make slender : decrease the size of

intransitive verb

: to become slender

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Other Words from slim

Adjective

slimly adverb
slimness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for slim

Synonyms: Adjective

fine, hairline, narrow, needlelike, paper-thin, skinny, slender, slim-jim, thin, ultrathin

Antonyms: Adjective

broad, fat, wide

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Adjective

thin, slender, slim, slight, tenuous mean not thick, broad, abundant, or dense. thin implies comparatively little extension between surfaces or in diameter, or it may imply lack of substance, richness, or abundance. thin wire a thin soup slender implies leanness or spareness often with grace and good proportion. the slender legs of a Sheraton chair slim applies to slenderness that suggests fragility or scantiness. a slim volume of poetry a slim chance slight implies smallness as well as thinness. a slight build tenuous implies extreme thinness, sheerness, or lack of substance and firmness. a tenuous thread

Examples of slim in a Sentence

Adjective

She looked slim and fit for her age. He has a slim build. I was a lot slimmer in those days. They have only a slim chance of winning.

Verb

She started exercising to slim her thighs. I'll skip dessert; I'm slimming.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

However, the chance that such a group from different parties have the discipline to push a law through Parliament is slim, said Vernon Bogdanor, professor of government at King’s College London. Max Colchester, WSJ, "After Brexit Defeat, May Offers Little New on Leaving EU," 21 Jan. 2019 Can those of us who favor a slim, velvet-wearing softboy like Donald Glover or Timothée Chalamet love a man who dresses like a present day Michael Jordan (Note: check out the Twitter account @wtfismjwearing for visual reference)? Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Could You Love a Man in the Baggy Pants that Took Over the Runways this Season?," 22 Jan. 2019 Other major Asian suppliers are also scaling back forecasts, suggesting slimmer shipments of goods that are a foundation of expedited supply chains. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Rerouting for Brexit; Reeling Smartphone Suppliers; Braking Robot Cars," 18 Jan. 2019 And because the clean and dirty water tanks are stacked (rather than side-by-side or front-to-back), the appliance has a slim design and low profile that’s easy to maneuver under furniture and to store. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Carpet Cleaners to Buy in 2019," 15 Jan. 2019 Rather than use a typical model that would have been thicker than the laptop’s body, MSI includes a fairly slim and fairly compact 180-watt power brick. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI's GS75 Stealth is one stupidly thin and light 17-inch gaming laptop," 8 Jan. 2019 The 43-millimeter diameter might be a little wide for smaller wrists, but that’s offset by an attractively slim profile. David Lazarus, The Seattle Times, "8 great smartwatch picks (that aren’t Apple)," 7 Jan. 2019 That's right, people are accusing Kim of photoshopping North, making her stomach look slimmer and her head smaller. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Kim Kardashian is Accused of Photoshopping a Photo of Five-Year-Old Daughter North," 14 Nov. 2018 Russian officials say the odds of finding anyone else alive in the debris look increasingly slim, given the extreme weather. Jim Heintz, The Seattle Times, "Russian baby rescued after nearly 36 hours in frozen rubble," 2 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After years of swallowing up beer brands and loading up on debt, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA is looking to slim down and exploring a stock-market listing of its Asia business. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "AB InBev Explores IPO for Asia Business," 4 Feb. 2019 While many celebs liked getting slimed, one in particular did not. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Outrageous Facts About Nickelodeon Slime," 10 Dec. 2018 Further Reading Razer slims down Blade, debuts macOS-compatible eGPU enclosure The other big new feature here is an IR Web camera with Windows Hello support, a first for Razer laptops. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The Razer Blade Stealth gets an overhaul with a 4K display and better graphics," 4 Dec. 2018 Those efforts to slim down a bit appear to have succeeded: the company had a profitable quarter last year. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "GoPro’s Hero 7 camera has leaked via a store display," 1 Sep. 2018 To slim down your body and reset your mind, lace up your sneakers for a heart-pumping workout. Tehrene Firman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is How Many Calories You Burn From Walking," 8 Aug. 2018 Tess Holliday is outraged after an app used her photo without permission to show off a feature that slims down people’s bodies. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Tess Holliday Slams App that Slimmed Down Her Body Without Permission: 'Appalling'," 23 May 2018 As American waistlines expanded, an array of products hit the market promising to be the best, fastest way to help people slim down. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 These exercises also fire up the metabolism and heart rate, which helps slim the midsection. Philly.com, "3 exercises to fight signs of aging," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of slim

Adjective

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1862, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for slim

Adjective

Dutch, bad, inferior, from Middle Dutch slimp crooked, bad; akin to Middle High German slimp awry

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slim

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thin in an attractive way
: small in amount, size, or degree

slim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) thinner

slim

adjective
\ ˈslim \
slimmer; slimmest

Kids Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : very small a slim chance

slim

verb
slimmed; slimming

Kids Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become slender

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