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 the chances of getting any club to pay €70m now appear slim. SI.com, "Bruno Fernandes Saga: Jorge Mendes Urging Man Utd to Bid But Premier League Move Unlikely," 8 Aug. 2019 But this slim novel, her most autobiographical work, has become required reading in classrooms across America. The Economist, "Toni Morrison was the Nobel prizewinning chronicler of African-American life," 7 Aug. 2019 For the Note10 5G, Samsung is adding a slimmer vapor cooling system to help cut down on this. Samantha Kelly, CNN, "Samsung's Note10 finally bids farewell to the headphone jack," 7 Aug. 2019 Debt payments are taking a bite out of some slim paychecks: Low-income households spend an average of 8 percent of their monthly incomes on debt payment, according to the central bank. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Russians Pull Out Credit Cards, and Consumer Debt Spirals," 5 Aug. 2019 His chance of playing college soccer is now slim or altogether gone. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "U.S. citizen’s detention is a reminder that mixed-status families can feel trapped along the border," 4 Aug. 2019 Not all of them can be perfect spirals or slim, neat disks of stars. Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: A Trip for Thee to Galaxies Three," 3 Aug. 2019 The device will apparently have a design that looks similar to the aluminum 15-inch MacBook Pro, but with slimmer bezels around its screen, will deliver a slightly larger display. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Marked the End of an Era This Week. And That’s Just Fine With Investors," 3 Aug. 2019 Coffee Lake's mobile i7 CPUs feature more cores and threads than the slimmer Ice Lake parts. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Intel reveals final details on Ice Lake mobile CPUs," 2 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Bears signed four undrafted rookie free agents and gave offensive lineman Bradley Sowell an eligible number (85) and asked him to slim down for a position change. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Bears are looking for more production from their tight ends — despite not really adding to the position group," 27 July 2019 The freeway will slim down to three lanes in these areas, and the right lanes will close down for a freeway widening project. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Phoenix-area freeway closures: Here's what you need to know," 25 July 2019 AB Inbev has sought to shed some brands to slim down its debt load and had planned to list some shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to further bolster its finances. Washington Post, "Budweiser brewer sells Australian unit to pay off debt," 19 July 2019 Soon the tensions escalated, with a black-clad activist striking the conservative journalist Andy Ngo in the face while others slimed him with what protesters said were vegan coconut milkshakes. Mike Baker, New York Times, "In Portland, a Punch and a Milkshake Rumor Feed a Fresh Round of Police Criticism," 1 July 2019 Photo: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Zuma Press Part of Eldorado’s success its management’s ability to slim down on unnecessary guest inducements such as free drinks and hotel stays. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "Icahn’s Caesars Bet Was Smart, Not Just Lucky," 24 June 2019 Busy Philipps wasn’t thrilled when she was asked to slim down for a part years ago — but the experience encouraged her to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Busy Philipps Found Her Love of Exercise After Being Asked to Lose Weight for a Part," 19 June 2019 Big stores tackle the issue At bigger stores, the drive to slim down the plastic footprint is also taking hold, if less comprehensively. National Geographic, "Grocery stores are packed with plastic. Some are changing.," 22 Apr. 2019 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

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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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