- slender, as in girth or form; slight in build or structure.
- poor or inferior: a slim chance; a slim excuse.
- small or inconsiderable; meager; scanty: a slim income.
- sized for the thinner than average person.
- to make slim.
- to become slim.
- Chiefly British. to try to become more slender, especially by dieting.
- a garment size meant for a thin person.
- slim down,
- to lose weight, especially intentionally.
- (of a business) to reduce operating expenses; economize.
Origin of slim
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- to make or become slim, esp intentionally
- to make (an organization) more efficient or (of an organization) to become more efficient, esp by cutting staff
- an instance of an organization slimming down
- small in width relative to height or length
- small in amount or qualityslim chances of success
- to make or become slim, esp by diets and exercise
- to reduce or decrease or cause to be reduced or decreased
- the E African name for AIDS
- William Joseph, 1st Viscount. 1891–1970, British field marshal, who commanded (1943–45) the 14th Army in the reconquest of Burma (now called Myanmar) from the Japanese; governor general of Australia (1953–60)
Word Origin and History for slim down
1650s, "thin, slight, slender," from Dutch slim "bad, sly, clever," from Middle Dutch slim "bad, crooked," from Proto-Germanic *slembaz "oblique, crooked" (cf. Middle High German slimp "slanting, awry," German schlimm "bad, cunning, unwell"). In English 17c. also sometimes with a sense "sly, cunning, crafty." Related: Slimly; slimness. With obsolete extended adjectival forms Slimsy "flimsy, unsubstantial" (1845); slimikin "small and slender" (1745). Slim Jim attested from 1887 in sense of "very thin person;" from 1902 as a type of slender cigar; from 1975 as a brand of meat snack.