trim

verb
\ ˈtrim How to pronounce trim (audio) \
trimmed; trimming

Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to remove by or as if by cutting trimmed thousands from federal payrollsGrit
b : to make trim and neat especially by cutting or clipping trim the hedges
c : to free of excess or extraneous matter by or as if by cutting trim a budget trim down the inventory
2 : to embellish with or as if with ribbons, lace, or ornaments trim the Christmas tree the coat was trimmed with fur
3a : to administer a beating to : thrash
b : defeat trimmed me at chess
4a(1) : to cause (a ship) to assume a desirable position in the water by arrangement of ballast, cargo, or passengers
(2) : to adjust (something, such as an airplane or submarine) for horizontal movement or for motion upward or downward
b : to adjust (something, such as cargo or a sail) to a desired position

intransitive verb

1a : to maintain neutrality between opposing parties or to favor each equally
b : to change one's views for reasons of expediency
2 : to assume or cause a boat to assume a desired position in the water a boat that trims badly
trim one's sails
: to adjust oneself or one's actions to prevailing conditions compromise or trim your sails to suit the political winds— Philip Johnston

trim

adjective
trimmer; trimmest

Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : exhibiting neatness, good order, or compactness of line or structure a trim beard trim lawns … a trim, well-built beach house not far from a spanking new superhighway.The Saturday Review
2 : slim and physically fit kept himself trim by biking every day His lithe student, trim in a tennis dress, watched while holding her racquet on her shoulder.— E. L. Doctorow
3 : ready for service or use
4 obsolete : excellent, fine

trim

adverb

Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 5)

: in a trim manner : trimly used chiefly in combination the trim-cut forest vistas— W. M. Thackeray

trim

noun

Definition of trim (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : a haircut that neatens a previous haircut
2a : material used for ornament or trimming
b : the material (such as wood, stone, or vinyl) in the finish of a building especially around openings But now, marble is back in style with a vengeance, in demand for building facades, interior trim and finishes.— David Roberts In home building, carpenters build the house framework, frame the roof and interior partitions, and install doors, windows, flooring, cabinets, wood paneling, and molding and trim.Occupational Outlook Handbook
c : the interior furnishings of an automobile
d : one's clothing or appearance
3 : suitable or excellent condition tries to keep in trim
4a : the position of a ship or boat especially with reference to the horizontal also : the difference between the draft of a ship forward and that aft
b : the relation between the plane of a sail and the direction of the ship
c : the buoyancy status of a submarine
d : the attitude of a lighter-than-air craft relative to a fore-and-aft horizontal plane
e : the attitude with respect to wind axes at which an airplane will continue in level flight with free controls
5 : something that is trimmed off or cut out

Trim

geographical name
\ ˈtrim How to pronounce Trim (audio) \

Definition of Trim (Entry 5 of 5)

town in eastern Ireland area population 8268

Note: Trim is the capital of County Meath.

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Other Words from trim

Adjective

trimly adverb
trimness noun

Examples of trim in a Sentence

Verb

The hedges need to be trimmed. They are looking for ways to trim the budget. We trimmed the Christmas tree. a pillow trimmed in lace

Adjective

She has a trim figure. He keeps fit and trim by biking.

Noun

a skirt with lace trim the doctor declared her to be in good trim for the race
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Make the mounting cleat by trimming down a 2x3 or 2x4 to fit snugly within the opening at the back of the shelf. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 That said, since plucking removes the hair follicle fully, which creates an opportunity for swelling and infection, trimming is usually preferable. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "Facial Hair Removal Guide: How to Remove Every Unwanted Hair From Your Face," 10 Oct. 2018 Neon hues will appear dry and faded when applied to damaged-looking hair, so having your ends trimmed can make a huge difference. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Celebs Are All Dyeing Their Hair Neon Colors for Fall," 14 Sep. 2018 However, city officials are working on trimming that amount down, said Alderman Thomas Lajsic, chairman of the city safety and development committee. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pared-down 70th Street corridor plan in West Allis expected to take major step," 25 June 2018 Those workers will also assist removing a wooden fence and some tree trimming. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Volunteers can still sign up for Elgin NeighborWorks Day Saturday," 15 June 2018 The saw was great for trimming around camp and even cutting up the medium size logs around the fire. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Camping Saws, According to You," 13 June 2018 The candidate supports funding new school construction by implementing developer impact fees, as well as by trimming school system administrative costs and STAT, a controversial technology program. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Meet the council candidates in central Baltimore County," 12 June 2018 This is especially helpful when painting exterior trim in the summertime, when the brush will start to sag from the paint and the weather. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 4 Biggest Painting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 16 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Cabinetry and trim paint, Hardwick White—Farrow & Ball; farrow-ball.com. Chandelier—Visual Comfort (T); visualcomfort.com. Jennifer Glickman, House Beautiful, "December/January 2018 Product Guide," 17 Nov. 2017 Squeeze a dab of glue 1/4 inch from the end of your trim strip, and then fold the edge over to secure it, tucking the frayed, cut end behind. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How I Made My Boring IKEA Bookshelf Look Fancy with $20 and a Glue Gun," 13 Mar. 2019 The top-of-the-line Ozaki, aged longer and from a single farm, outshines the others for richness and flavor and comes in a trim wooden gift box (reusable!) for takeout. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Restaurant Bets You’ll Pay $180 for a Sandwich (Fries Included)," 25 June 2018 The judges also commented on the trim stature of the animal. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Donnie Wahlberg Is Definitely the Rabbit on 'The Masked Singer.' Here's Why.," 12 Jan. 2019 An all-wheel-drive version of the Golf SportWagen is offered as well, but only in the S trim level (called the S 4Motion) for an extra $2,250. Brian Wong, USA TODAY, "Review: Volkswagen's Golf SportWagen puts the sport into wagon," 21 Apr. 2018 Bookcase and ceiling trim color, High Gloss Black with Heritage Red Top Coat; ceiling color, White Dove—Benjamin Moore (M); benjaminmoore.com. House Beautiful, "September 2013 Issue Product Guide," 3 June 2013 On cutting board, with long, serrated knife, trim top, bottom, and sides of 1 cake to form even rectangle; place trimmings in large bowl. Good Housekeeping, "Raspberry-Almond Trifle," 2 Nov. 2011 At 74, John Langley is a big man with a trim beard and a full head of white hair. Longreads, "How ‘Cops’ Became the Most Polarizing Reality TV Show in America," 22 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Eliminating the resources that are underutilized, making the budget as trim as possible. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Merton School Board candidates debate budget priorities, school safety, community engagement," 28 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The new Kona is available in four trims: SE, $19,500; SEL, $21,150; Limited, $24,700; and Ultimate, $27,400. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 Or buy some inexpensive birch branches and spray paint them to match the trim on the house or the colors of spring. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: A Goodwill find makes a perfect spring basket," 23 Mar. 2018 Last seen on the 2008 Acura TL, the Type S came with a 286-hp 3.5-liter V-6 (in place of the standard TL’s 256-hp 3.2-liter) and also featured trim-specific chassis tuning and styling details. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "Acura Confirms Return of Type S Nameplate Plus a New (and Exclusive) Turbo V-6," 15 Jan. 2018 Use the hot glue gun to attached the trim to the edge of the canopy and around the top of the hoop. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "10 DIY Dorm Decor Hacks That Even Lazy Girls Can Do," 19 June 2017 Because Robby is loaded down with hardware and electronics that allow him to drive himself, the rest of the car is gutted out, stripped of a backseat and interior trim in the name of weight savings. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Raced a Self-Driving Audi To Defend Humanity's Honor," 17 Nov. 2015 With the crevice tool, go along the seams, around any buttons, and along the trim. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Couch Like a Pro," 29 Mar. 2019 Secure Ends Your next step is to secure the ends, to prevent any messy fraying once the trim is in place. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How I Made My Boring IKEA Bookshelf Look Fancy with $20 and a Glue Gun," 13 Mar. 2019 The $35,000 Tesla Tesla's sold a lot of Model 3s, but so far none of them have been the trim that generated the bulk of the initial hype—the basic, small-battery, $35,000 rear-wheel-drive model. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Five EVs We're Fired Up for in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of trim

Verb

circa 1521, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Adjective

circa 1521, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1529, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for trim

Verb

probably from Middle English *trimmen to prepare, put in order, from Old English trymian, trymman to strengthen, arrange, from trum strong, firm; probably akin to Old English trēo tree, wood — more at tree entry 1

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The first known use of trim was circa 1521

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trim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to cut (something) off something else : to remove (something) by cutting
: to make (something) neat by cutting it
: to make the size, amount, or extent of (something) smaller

trim

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 3)

: neat and orderly
: slim and healthy

trim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 3)

: an act of trimming something (such as hair)
: material (such as ribbons, lace, etc.) that is used for decorating something especially around its edges

trim

verb
\ ˈtrim How to pronounce trim (audio) \
trimmed; trimming

Kids Definition of trim

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to put decorations on : adorn The dress is trimmed in lace.
2 : to make neat especially by cutting or clipping He trimmed his beard.
3 : to free of unnecessary matter We need to trim our expenses.
4 : to adjust (as a sail) to a desired position

Other Words from trim

trimmer noun

trim

adjective
trimmer; trimmest

Kids Definition of trim (Entry 2 of 3)

: neat and compact in line or structure a trim house She maintains a trim figure.

Other Words from trim

trimly adverb

trim

noun

Kids Definition of trim (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : material used for ornament or trimming The jacket has fake fur trim.
2 : the woodwork in the finish of a building especially around doors and windows
3 : an act or instance of cutting or clipping I'm going to the barber for a trim.

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