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slim

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adjective \ˈslim\

Definition of slim

slimmer

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slimmest

  1. 1 :  of small diameter or thickness in proportion to the height or length :  slender

  2. 2a :  mean, worthlessb :  adroit, crafty

  3. 3a :  inferior in quality or amount :  slightb :  scanty, small a slim chance

slimly

adverb

slimness

noun

Examples of slim in a Sentence

  1. She looked slim and fit for her age.

  2. He has a slim build.

  3. I was a lot slimmer in those days.

  4. They have only a slim chance of winning.

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Origin and Etymology of slim

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

Synonym Discussion of slim

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

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slim

verb

Definition of slim

slimmed

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slimming

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make slender :  decrease the size of

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become slender

Examples of slim in a Sentence

  1. She started exercising to slim her thighs.

  2. I'll skip dessert; I'm slimming.

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First Known Use of slim

1862



SLIM Defined for English Language Learners

slim

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adjective

Definition of slim for English Language Learners

  • : thin in an attractive way

  • : small in amount, size, or degree

slim

verb

Definition of slim for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) thinner


SLIM Defined for Kids

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slim

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adjective \ˈslim\

Definition of slim for Students

slimmer

;

slimmest

  1. 1 :  slender 1

  2. 2 :  very small a slim chance


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slim

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verb

Definition of slim for Students

slimmed

;

slimming

  1. :  to make or become slender



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