trim·​ming ˈtri-miŋ How to pronounce trimming (audio)
: an additional garnishing
turkey and all the trimmings
: a decorative accessory or additional item
trimmings for a hat
: the remnants of something that has been trimmed : clipping
tree/grass/hedge trimmings
: the act of one who trims

Examples of trimming in a Sentence

our football team suffered a pretty severe trimming
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of trimming was circa 1525

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“Trimming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the action of one that trims
: a severe defeat or beating
: something that trims, ornaments, or completes
trimmings for a hat
turkey with all the trimmings

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