slim

adjective
\ ˈslim How to pronounce slim (audio) \
slimmer; slimmest

Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of small diameter or thickness in proportion to the height or length : slender
3a : inferior in quality or amount : slight
b : scanty, small a slim chance

slim

verb
slimmed; slimming

Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make slender : decrease the size of

intransitive verb

: to become slender

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Other Words from slim

Adjective

slimly adverb
slimness noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

thin, slender, slim, slight, tenuous mean not thick, broad, abundant, or dense. thin implies comparatively little extension between surfaces or in diameter, or it may imply lack of substance, richness, or abundance. thin wire a thin soup slender implies leanness or spareness often with grace and good proportion. the slender legs of a Sheraton chair slim applies to slenderness that suggests fragility or scantiness. a slim volume of poetry a slim chance slight implies smallness as well as thinness. a slight build tenuous implies extreme thinness, sheerness, or lack of substance and firmness. a tenuous thread

Examples of slim in a Sentence

Adjective She looked slim and fit for her age. He has a slim build. I was a lot slimmer in those days. They have only a slim chance of winning. Verb She started exercising to slim her thighs. I'll skip dessert; I'm slimming.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Led by senior Matthew Troutman, the Christian Academy boys golf team has a slim lead after the first round of the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA State Championships at Bowling Green Country Club. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 9 Oct. 2021 Despite having just one offensive first down in the first half, El Camino managed to leave the field at halftime with a slim 8-6 lead. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 Last week, the Golden Hurricane did not turn the ball over against Oklahoma State and held the Cowboys to 313 yards only to see a slim fourth-quarter lead turn into a 28-23 loss. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Amid heavy rain, Cincinnati took a slim 7-0 lead into the fourth quarter of the 2018 matchup before ultimately pulling away for a 21-0 victory. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 1 Sep. 2021 Polls say Newsom has a slim lead over those who want to remove him, but nothing will be certain until all the votes are counted. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2021 After being stuck in neutral for the first 5 ⅔ innings and nursing a slim 1-0 lead, Milwaukee's offense finally woke up against reliever Kyle Keller. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2021 Tyler Austin clubbed a solo shot in the fifth to pad the Americans’ slim lead. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 To start the fourth quarter, Indiana spotted New York five quick points and held on to a slim six-point lead. J.l. Kirven, The Indianapolis Star, 11 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From the pressure to slim down to the separation of abs, loss of perkiness of breasts and healing required from incisions and tears, body after baby is a doozy. Essence, 13 Sep. 2021 Berkshire Hills Bancorp continues to slim down with another divestiture, this time the $40 million sale of its Berkshire Insurance Group to brokerage Brown & Brown. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Aug. 2021 That could suggest more roster movement via trades to slim down the guard options and add more depth in the frontcourt. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Yet those funds have been slashed in the current negotiations over the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package as part of a push to slim it down, according to a source familiar with the situation. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 2 Aug. 2021 Rivera said the team had not asked Barber to slim down. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 3 July 2021 Psaki noted that establishing a minimum corporate book tax rate for some companies originated in the American Jobs Plan, the $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal that Mr. Biden has since agreed to slim down to $1.7 trillion. Grace Segers, CBS News, 4 June 2021 Hearst’s Circular Denim collection includes eight fights in two washes from shorts, to slim straight, to crop boot-cut, to flare and workwear. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The South African giant will also sell off a portfolio of its towers back home, as part of its drive to slim down. David Meyer, Fortune, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of slim

Adjective

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1862, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for slim

Adjective

Dutch, bad, inferior, from Middle Dutch slimp crooked, bad; akin to Middle High German slimp awry

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20 Oct 2021

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“Slim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slim. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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slim

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: thin in an attractive way
: small in amount, size, or degree

slim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) thinner

slim

adjective
\ ˈslim How to pronounce slim (audio) \
slimmer; slimmest

Kids Definition of slim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : very small a slim chance

slim

verb
slimmed; slimming

Kids Definition of slim (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become slender

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