slim

adjective
\ ˈslim How to pronounce slim (audio) \
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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 But weather service meteorologist Gerry Diaz said the chances of a thunderstorm making its way over the Bay Area were only slim. Omar Shaikh Rashad, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2021 Built to be super slim, this robot vacuum can easily slip under bulky pieces of furniture to pick up all the dust and hair that would have otherwise been impossible to get. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 23 June 2021 Indeed, the odds of dismantling Obama's signature legacy at this point are increasingly slim, though conservatives will probably keep trying. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 17 June 2021 As a prime example, Apple is reportedly still engaged in EV development in some capacity, even though the odds of Apple succeeding in an industry as cutthroat and sophisticated as the automotive industry are incredibly slim. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 16 June 2021 The Iris lidar sensor that is headed for a production launch on the next-generation Volvo XC90 sometime in 2022 followed by other programs with SAIC in China and Daimler Trucks is relatively slim compared to the typical rotating sensors. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Both of those moles have the potential to become cancerous-but the chances of that happening are very slim. Madison Yauger, Health.com, 8 June 2021 The legs were just slim enough, the high-waist cut surprisingly very flattering on my awkward, giraffe-long legs. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 12 May 2021 Teresa’s gone, so the likelihood that there will be an explosive event without her is as slim as a camel’s knee. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rivera said the team had not asked Barber to slim down. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 3 July 2021 Psaki noted that establishing a minimum corporate book tax rate for some companies originated in the American Jobs Plan, the $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal that Mr. Biden has since agreed to slim down to $1.7 trillion. Grace Segers, CBS News, 4 June 2021 Hearst’s Circular Denim collection includes eight fights in two washes from shorts, to slim straight, to crop boot-cut, to flare and workwear. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The South African giant will also sell off a portfolio of its towers back home, as part of its drive to slim down. David Meyer, Fortune, 5 May 2021 For now, though, the decampments tend to be exceptions—often larger, older companies that need to slim down and cut costs. Gregory Barber, Wired, 16 Feb. 2021 The Illusionist Ursula tankini top is designed to slim the torso with two overlapping layers of the brand’s Miratex fabric that drape nicely on the body. Sanah Faroke, Southern Living, 21 Apr. 2021 Both designs would slim the bustling corridor to one travel lane in each direction and bring amenities such as wider sidewalks, dedicated bus lanes and possibly room for bikes. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 In 2019, the Swedish royal family announced that, in an effort to slim down the monarchy, the king's grandchildren will no longer hold royal titles with the exception of the children of heir apparent Crown Princess Victoria. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 29 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slim. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for slim

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 How to pronounce slim (audio) \
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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