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

For years, the standard of care for a patient with damaged cartilage in the knee was to first trim the worn tissue. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Fast-growing Vericel finds success on two fronts: knee surgery and burn care," 11 June 2019 Tevlin recommends $971,000 of the money be restored, allowing an estimated 18,000 non-palms to be trimmed next fiscal year. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego may boost money for tree trimming, lifeguards in new budget," 7 June 2019 Although the cuts may have led some schools to trim otherwise wasteful spending, Mr Jackson and colleagues found that many schools were forced to cut funding of core activities. The Economist, "What budget cuts during the Great Recession did to pupils’ test scores," 6 June 2019 His view that tepid inflation readings were the result of transitory factors led rates traders to trim bets that the Fed would cut rates this year and stimulate inflation. Liz Mccormick, Bloomberg.com, "Powell Fails to Convince Inflation Traders With ‘Transient’ View," 2 May 2019 Just down the hall, the children’s bathroom is trimmed in bead board and wrapped in her own blue Suzani Luv wallpaper. House Beautiful, "There's Pattern in Every Room of This Designer's Happy Home," 7 Mar. 2019 The meat is trimmed, battered and breaded by processors into millions of fish sticks and fast-food filets a day. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Climate Change Drives Fish Into New Waters, Remaking an Industry," 22 Dec. 2018 Having worked in the past with traditional architecture, Bhasin planned to let the existing moldings, trim, and casings be her guide. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 From Christmas cards and cookie decorating to matching pajamas and tree trimming, there are so many moments to share on social media. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "70+ Christmas Captions for Every Holiday Picture You Post on Instagram," 7 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Keep in mind that specific discounts vary by region and may differ based on the trim level, and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price includes destination fees. Washington Post, "Edmunds: Discontinued cars offer value but should you buy?," 5 June 2019 Like other modern VWs, the air vents seem to spread across the entire dash thanks to clever trim pieces. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Volkswagen Golf Mark 8 Is Getting a Radical Interior Redesign," 15 May 2019 Powder room: Window trim paint, Inchyra Blue; wainscoting paint, Arsenic—Farrow & Ball; farrow-ball.com. House Beautiful, "November 2017 Product Guide," 13 Oct. 2017 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

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

Small, flat strips of wood inserted between the layers helped strengthen the shield, as did a strip of hazel-wood trim around the edges. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This 2,400-year-old bark shield took a beating in an Iron Age fight," 31 May 2019 The Headlines trailer, a mobile barber shop in West Texas, is often busy with oil workers in need of a trim well into the night. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "In This Oil Boom Town, Even a Barber Can Make $180,000," 1 Mar. 2019 Whether that means the omission of a specific trim on a classic tweed suiting set, or choosing to no longer offer 2.55 front-flap handbags in snakeskin, this will be a big change going forward. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Chanel Will No Longer Use Exotic Skins Like Snake in Their Designs," 4 Dec. 2018 Nothing much changes on the outside except standard LED treatment and the elimination of the Sport trim. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Car review: Volkswagen finally gives Golf GTI the tech it deserves," 5 June 2018 The matte-blue paint seen here is an additional $3950, while other options like the $8950 carbon-ceramic brakes and a $5300 carbon-fiber exterior trim package can push the price up even further. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Costs Almost $27,000 More than the Coupe," 30 May 2019 In the annals of headline-grabbing trims, confidence belongs to those who make the chop with a sculptural Vidal Sassoon five-point or, better yet, buzz it off altogether à la Dree Hemingway. Emily Spivak, Vogue, "How Extra-Long Hair Became This Season’s Most Subversive Style," 16 May 2019 Mingus says the line is inspired by her love of sharks and includes a lot of motifs to that effect, like trims shaped like shark bites. Glamour, "Selena Gomez Designed a Swimsuit With Her Surgery Scar in Mind," 1 May 2019 Companies like Toyota and Honda have made an effort to include many of these technologies and systems across their entire lineup regardless of trim. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "When Are Self-Driving Cars Actually Coming?," 25 Apr. 2019

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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