\ 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

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 Three other men crawl toward the art on hands and knees, leaving slimy trails behind, drawn like slugs to carrion. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2022 Hall is a hoot as the slimy Jason Lannister and as his anxious twin brother Tyland, who’s replaced Corlys as Master of Ships on the Small Council. Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2022 Yes, no more slimy clumps of banana on the bottom of your cup! Sarah Madaus, SELF, 30 Aug. 2022 Creepy-crawly, extra slimy feelers litter the landscape as part of the Vecna’s hive mind. The Editors, Outside Online, 23 Aug. 2022 There’s Rhaenyra, her kind father, her tired and pregnant mother, her rogue uncle Prince Daemon, her sweet best friend Alicent, and Alicent’s slimy father, Otto Hightower, the King’s Hand. Matthew Gilbert,, 22 Aug. 2022 From exquisite gardens and the scary slide to viewing a slimy octopus, there's plenty to do on the island. Liliana Webb And Layla Mcmurtrie, Detroit Free Press, 20 Aug. 2022 The plastics had only been submerged in the ocean off Falmouth, England, for a week, but in that time a thin layer of biofilm, a slimy mix of mucus and microbes, had already developed on their surfaces. Michael Allen, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Aug. 2022 In a new study about mucins, the proteins that give mucus its sticky, slimy quality, the researchers identified 15 times mucins seem to have developed in 49 different mammals, including human beings, mice, rats, pigs, cows, ferrets, and dogs. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slimy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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\ 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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