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

The gown's delicate off-shoulder neckline was trimmed in crystals, and complemented by her bevy of Neil Lane jewels. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Cast of Crazy Rich Asians at the Oscars Is the Fashion Show We've All Been Waiting For," 24 Feb. 2019 All that takes time and that means some of the story of Jamie and Claire was trimmed to make room. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "How Outlander Season 4 Is Different From Outlander, Book 4, 'Drums Of Autumn'," 29 Jan. 2019 Batts must be carefully trimmed to fit snugly around vents, to retain their R-value effectiveness. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose the Attic Insulation Your Home Needs," 13 Jan. 2019 And while the Fall 2018 runways certainly had luxury puffers in spades—at Chanel, they were even trimmed with tweed—there are a number of affordable coats to shop on the market, too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Steps Out in One of Winter’s Most Affordable Puffers," 17 Nov. 2018 There’s definitely a lot of fat that could have been trimmed. Andreas Hale, Billboard, "5 Things We Learned From Drake's New Album 'Scorpion' on First Listen," 30 June 2018 The Mariners’ season-high losing streak reached five Friday night, and their lead over the Angels in the wild-card race was trimmed to five games. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Recent rough patch shows Mariners might have a tough time ending their playoff drought," 23 June 2018 Many of them wore wool balaclavas—some cut from a flat red cable knit, others trimmed with crystals and pearls—which are inherently practical, but difficult to pull off. Monica Kim, Vogue, "This Winter Beauty Hack From the Moncler Show Is, Well, Genius," 21 Feb. 2019 Martina, John, and their children do take part in the usual December festivities, like cutting down a tree and trimming it with sentimental ornaments and souvenirs. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Martina McBride's House Is Filled with the Christmas Decorations of Your Dreams," 2 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 One communicates with the bike through the bright, legible 5-inch TFT liquid crystal display (standard with the S-trim level) and a toggle selector on the left-hand grip. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S: The Bike for a Bucket-List Ride," 21 Nov. 2018 Our Ultimate-trim example was fitted with 18-inch aluminum wheels wearing Goodyear Eagle Touring all-season tires; the base SE gets 16-inch alloys, while the SEL and Limited ride on 17-inchers. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2018 Hyundai Kona," 26 Mar. 2018 There are six trim levels for 2018 for the gasoline-only Pacifica, which begins with the new entry level L model ($26,995, plus $1,095 freight), and goes as high as the Limited ($43,695). G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Chrysler Pacifica : Plug-in hybrid minivan starts at $39,995, can go 30 miles on battery," 19 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

Perhaps most impressive, though, is the variance lighting that runs through the whole house, including LED strips behind the exterior trim. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Tiny Modern Farmhouse Will Convince You to Pare Down Your Life Once and for All," 15 Jan. 2019 Your mane has a better chance of becoming radiant red if it is well cared-for (read: you deep-condition weekly, get regular trims and don't heat-style every day). Alanna Greco, Marie Claire, "How to Find the Best Red Hair Color for You," 2 Jan. 2016 After the couple tied the knot officially, Bieber began to take a seriously adult approach to his hair, keeping his buzz cut trim and tidy. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Tracking Justin Bieber’s Hair Evolution, From Teen Pop Star to Married Man," 7 Feb. 2019 Low-speed forward collision warning is standard with all trims. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Fun New Corolla Hatchback Puts the Toy in Toyota," 3 Jan. 2019 Acura has gone almost all-in on the premium luxury feel with the Advance package, with no shortage of leather and wood trim. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018 Since then, a number of iconoclasts ranging from Andy Warhol to Elvis Presley have sworn by specific ways to stay trim. Allie Conti, Marie Claire, "How Are Appetite Suppressing Lollipops Still a Thing?," 5 Oct. 2018 Grand armoires are a quintessential French Provincial piece, with detailed trim along the edges. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "French Provincial Design Has Always Set the Bar For Casual Elegance," 11 Jan. 2019 The bag is actually darker than the one pictured, with a gray background and muted blue trim. Christina Barron, The Seattle Times, "The best lunch boxes for kids (and the young at heart)," 16 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'trim.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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