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

Their biggest piece of evidence—a grainy video showing two shadowy figures on a city sidewalk—seemed like a slim lead. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Police Say Smollett Faked Hate Crime Because He Was Dissatisfied With His Salary," 21 Feb. 2019 With votes continuing to be counted, Harder’s edge has grown after Denham grabbed a slim lead on Election Day. Michael R. Blood, The Seattle Times, "Democrat Harder upsets California GOP US Rep. Denham," 14 Nov. 2018 Even in the Fox River Valley, an industrial center in the Badger State, the Democrat holds a slim 2-point lead over the Republican, even though those voters still have a positive view of Trump, who has 55 percent approval rating there. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democrats suddenly look strong again in the Midwest," 25 Oct. 2018 The Cubs hold a slim lead atop the NL Central and the leave was announced just a few hours before their 10-4 loss to the crosstown White Sox. Fox News, "Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell placed on leave after domestic violence claims," 22 Sep. 2018 Get him and the Atlanta Braves become very nervous about their slim lead in the National League East. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Manny Machado worth acquiring right now for Phillies | Bob Brookover," 5 July 2018 The Marlins were one out away from victory with a slim lead coming on J.T. Realmuto’s solo homer in the fifth inning off Rays starter Nathan Eovaldi, a former Marlin. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Barraclough blows save, but Marlins win in 10th on Rivera's hit," 3 July 2018 On this night, Shreve came through, striking out Ender Inciarte and getting Ozzie Albies to ground out, preserving the slim lead. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Yankees Display Their Flaws, but Still Beat the Braves," 3 July 2018 And then Joe Jimenez, on the mound in the ninth inning with a slim lead for the first time this season, shut downthe Blue Jays for his first career save. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers rally behind the goose to pick up fourth straight win," 2 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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