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

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 Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, the musical was adapted from a schlocky 1984 movie about a geek named Melvin who is thrown into a vat of toxic waste and becomes a slimy green superhero. Harrison Smith,, "Nick Cordero, Tony-nominated Broadway star, dies at 41 of coronavirus," 7 July 2020 If the fear of slimy squash and blackened banana peels has stopped you from composting, this one-gallon bin is an ingenious solution. Popular Science, "Kitchen compost bins to limit your contributions to landfills," 19 June 2020 Things the Lippies hauled out were slimy from the mud that came with the flood, but his first set of golf clubs is OK. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Lost and found in the floodwaters of Sanford: It's not just stuff," 28 May 2020 Lysins also clear up biofilms—slimy layers of bacteria, carbohydrates and gunk—that cause lasting infections not readily cured by antibiotics. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Virtuous Side of Viruses," 26 May 2020 Be sure to change the water every day or so, or things will get slimy and smelly. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "There's No Better Time to... Regrow Your Scallions," 22 Apr. 2020 Take 10 pennies or pebbles (or any non-slimy object) and put them in your left pocket at the beginning of the day. CBS News, "Kindness 101 with Steve Hartman: How to be optimistic when life gets tough," 13 Apr. 2020 The feel of a lubricant is very personal — what is right for one person may feel slimy or tacky to someone else. New York Times, "Condoms With Extras? No Thanks," 10 Feb. 2020 To reduce slugs and snails, water in the morning so the garden has a chance to dry by nightfall, when the slimy pests are active; add a strip of copper tape around beds and plants to provide additional protection. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 16 Mar. 2020

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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 3 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce slimy (audio)

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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