\ 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

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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Sure enough, inside the drum was a thin layer of something dark and slimy: mold. Jenny Marder, The Seattle Times, "There’s mold in your kids’ bath toys (and that’s probably OK)," 12 Feb. 2019 The sewage in the pipe would have been moving fast enough — and the walls would be slimy enough — that Jesse would have been swept along without being able to walk or crawl, officials said. Laura J. Nelson,, "13-year-old boy found 'alert and talking' after falling into Griffith Park drainage pipe," 2 Apr. 2018 The impact spreads strange, slimy crystals across the surrounding land and its inhabitants, morphing them into a new enemy faction called Husks. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Two years later, Darkest Dungeon is completely different for the better," 22 July 2018 For whole fish, opt for ones that have clear, bright eyes and shiny — rather than slimy — skin. 2. Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Picking Out and Preparing Fish," 19 Sep. 2018 All right, tonight's episode, a slimy lawyer secretly tapes his client referring to hush money paid to a centerfold who had consensual relations with a rich dude who later became our president. Fox News, "Greg Gutfeld: As Trump disproves naysayers, they cling to tapes," 28 July 2018 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

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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
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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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