\ ˈslī-mē How to pronounce slimy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce slimy (audio) \ adverb
sliminess \ ˈslī-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce slimy (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Giant green anemones were all over the place, some closed up tight against the air, others opened up to reveal slimy bodies of green, blue and purple. oregonlive, 17 July 2021 Take a picture in front of the slime wall, learn to make slime bubbles and see who can get the longest stretch out of their super slimy goo. Jennifer Boehm,, 13 July 2021 In April, thousands of fish died and by May a natural secretion called mucilage emerged, smothering harbors and beaches with its slimy film. New York Times, 9 July 2021 Pick out and discard any that are already bruised, slimy, or spoiled. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 9 July 2021 While the girls, especially Alexander and Lind, shine brighter than the mostly indistinguishable boys, no individual performance hits the soapy heights achieved by Meester or Ed Westwick (who played Blair’s slimy true love, Chuck). Judy Berman, Time, 5 July 2021 The sea has returned to what looks like a healthier, less slimy normal. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 21 June 2021 In contrast, European earthworms are more pink or red, slimy, lumpy, plump and floppy. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 June 2021 Monsters at Work premieres in all its scaly, furry, slimy, funny glory on July 7. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 13 June 2021

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First Known Use of slimy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Slimy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slimy

: covered with slime
: resembling slime
informal : very dishonest, bad, or immoral


\ ˈslī-mē How to pronounce slimy (audio) \
slimier; slimiest

Kids Definition of slimy

1 : having a slippery feel or look
2 : covered with slime slimy rocks

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