\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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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 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

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First Known Use of slimy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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