\ 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


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


slimly adverb
slimness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for slim

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Devin Booker does not like the notion that the Phoenix Suns, whose playoff chances were beyond slim when the season was suspended, should simply be happy to be in the NBA's bubble. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "In the NBA bubble, the race for No. 8 out West is quite wild," 5 Aug. 2020 In Florida, 15% of voters typically vote by mail, and elections are often won by slim margins. Washington Examiner, "Florida is one 'well-run state' where Trump is comfortable with mail-in voting," 4 Aug. 2020 These include Aukey's PB-Y13, a slim 18W portable battery with a USB-C Power Delivery port—which is powerful enough to charge all recent iPhones and many Android phones at maximum speeds—alongside two USB-A ports. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A number of good USB-C chargers and cables are on sale today," 31 July 2020 The dark, slim lines of the open shelving mimic the delicate cages of the traditional lantern pendants above the island. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "Transitional Style Is the Most Popular Kitchen Design—Here's How to Ace the Look," 30 July 2020 The odds, however, that this turns out to be no big deal are slim. Megan Schrader, The Denver Post, "Schrader: Stop the coronavirus scapegoating and be honest with Coloradans about the body count of these plans," 27 Mar. 2020 The Chinese company’s chances of escaping US government restrictions seem slim, amid bipartisan support for legislation on foreign drones. Tom Simonite, Wired, "This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI," 13 July 2020 This comfortable and slim offering from Gregory features an ultralight aluminum perimeter frame and ventilated, dual-density FocusForm shoulder harness and supportive hip belt. Popular Science, "Excellent hiking backpacks for your next trek," 6 July 2020 The chances of them doing enough to move up into the play-in game are slim to none. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "NBA power rankings: Assessing Phoenix Suns' shot in Disney World bubble," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like many sufferers from middle-age spread, Google may have to slim down and refocus. The Economist, "Week in charts Google’s search for mid-life meaning," 31 July 2020 NBA Draft Room's simulation at least shows that Phoenix still has chance at landing him in the upcoming draft, should the team want to pick him, however slim the odds may be. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "NBA mock draft: Suns pick LaMelo Ball after moving up in 2020 NBA draft lottery simulation," 11 July 2020 Over the next decades, the Air Force might slim its bomber fleet down to just the futuristic B-21s and the old-school B-52s. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Inside a training mission with a B-52 bomber, the aircraft that will not die," 24 June 2020 The group also needs to trim excess white-collar posts and slim down its service business that caters to third-party customers. Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg.com, "Lufthansa Says 22,000 Jobs Could Go in Costs Purge," 14 June 2020 The cuts and possible merger are part of an effort to slim down the university system after President Jim Johnsen struck a deal last year with Gov. Mike Dunleavy, agreeing to a cut of $70 million in state funding over three years. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "University of Alaska regents vote to cut or reduce over 40 programs, set merger aside for closer look," 6 June 2020 Has there ever been a better time to get healthy and slim down? Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 foods to help reduce the coronavirus lockdown weight," 2 June 2020 Parmitano got slimed when Koch shot a jet of slime through a slime blob floating in front of him. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronauts experimented with Nickelodeon's slime in space," 13 May 2020 These problems would be more tractable if the bank had done more to slim down. Washington Post, "Wanted: A Dynamic Outsider for HSBC," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of slim


1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1862, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for slim


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

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8 Aug 2020

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“Slim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slim. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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

: to make (something) thinner
\ ˈslim How to pronounce slim (audio) \
slimmer; slimmest

Kids Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : very small a slim chance


slimmed; slimming

Kids Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become slender

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