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

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

But overall, goal-scoring chances were slim in a match where tight marking was the priority from the outset. Field Level Media, The Mercury News, "Danny Hoesen’s goal lifts San Jose Earthquakes past Real Salt Lake," 6 July 2019 But by the time of the final vote on April 17, their chance of victory was slim. Anchorage Daily News, "The Newtown school massacre divided NRA leaders, foreshadowing the split to come," 5 July 2019 The Rose has a slightly sleeker profile, and the Bali Strap is even more slim and feminine for everyday wear, though offers less protection and traction. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Hybrid footwear for all terrains," 4 July 2019 Thanks to temporary licences, the risk of a financial crisis on Brexit day is slim. The Economist, "Can the City survive Brexit?," 27 June 2019 Indeed, economic projections released Wednesday show that a slim majority of Fed-meeting participants don’t expect a rate cut this year. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Do Investors Really Want This Fed Rate Cut?," 19 June 2019 There are five conservative and four liberal justices on the Supreme Court, meaning that the conservatives can stick together to create a slim majority in controversial cases. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Census question and gerrymandering among cases still to be decided by Supreme Court," 8 June 2019 Most of the legislation already proposed by Northam and other Democrats has failed in Virginia, where Republicans hold slim majorities in the House and Senate. Alan Suderman, chicagotribune.com, "Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announces special session on gun control," 4 June 2019 Republicans are somewhat more likely than Democrats to give an opinion, but Ocasio-Cortez does see favorable ratings among a slim majority of Democrats (56 percent). Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Ocasio-Cortez can’t run, but she’s a big part of 2020 race," 30 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The jeans also have a built-in shapewear panel in the front to help slim the tummy. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "These Spanx Jeans Might be the Ultimate Wardrobe Investment," 17 June 2019 If insolvency proceedings begin, the chances of finding a suitable buyer will further slim. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Trouble for banks as Jet Airways’ other creditors approach bankruptcy court," 10 June 2019 Injections cannot narrow the nasal tip or bring the nostrils in to slim the width of the nose at its base. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything to You Need to Know When Considering a Non-Surgical Nose Job," 11 Mar. 2019 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

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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 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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