\ˈslī-mē \
slimier; slimiest

Definition of slimy 

1 : of, relating to, or resembling slime : viscous also : covered with or yielding slime

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Other Words from slimy

slimily \ˈslī-mə-lē \ adverb
sliminess \ˈslī-mē-nəs \ noun

Synonyms for slimy


miry, mucky, muddy, oozy, sludgy, slushy

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Examples of slimy in a Sentence

Get your slimy fingers off my jacket. please remove your slimy boots before coming into the house

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The root potato is covered in dirt and has a slimy texture like okra. The Cut, "25 Famous People on Taking Care of Their Skin," 11 July 2018 Who wants a wet, slimy swimsuit?’’ Mr. Stokes was president of the AANR, then known as the American Sunbathing Association, from 1986 to 1988. Harrison Smith,, "Turner V. Stokes, champion of the unclothed, dies at 90," 26 June 2018 The effect is a slippery, slimy algae-esque experience of gross textures, with unsettlingly soft chunks of slime floating around. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Polluted My Bathtub for the Sea Turtles With the Help of Lush's Bath Bomb," 30 June 2018 Lee Sizemore, once a slimy toad of a man, gets a hero’s death helping Maeve and Hector escape., "Westworld Season 2 Finale Recap: A Whole Lotta Ben Barnes," 25 June 2018 The Humane Society of Huron Valley said the animals were neglected and were forced to live amid feces, slimy water bowls and a bowl full of maggots. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "'Hobby breeder' made 108 animals live in feces in Washtenaw Co. home," 22 June 2018 Quinoa and Spinach Salad With Pear and Goat Cheese Your days of sad, slimy spinach are over. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Keep Your Salad Greens Fresh," 14 June 2018 The crisp, charred ingredients (including the okra, which generally has an unfortunate reputation of being slimy) are deliciously seasoned. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City theme park offers old-fashioned fun and thrills," 25 Apr. 2018 Olson needs a gadget that can survive wet and slimy conditions and yet still capture all the details necessary to bring criminal charges—the date, time, location, and when the test began and ended. Virginia Gewin, The Atlantic, "A Handheld DNA Scanner Could Crack Down on Wildlife Identity Theft," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of slimy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of slimy was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of slimy

: covered with slime

: resembling slime

: very dishonest, bad, or immoral


\ˈslī-mē \
slimier; slimiest

Kids Definition of slimy

1 : having a slippery feel or look

2 : covered with slime slimy rocks

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