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[slahym] /slaɪm/
thin, glutinous mud.
any ropy or viscous liquid matter, especially of a foul kind.
a viscous secretion of animal or vegetable origin.
Also called slimeball [slahym-bawl] /ˈslaɪmˌbɔl/ (Show IPA). Slang. a repulsive or despicable person.
verb (used with object), slimed, sliming.
to cover or smear with or as if with slime.
to remove slime from, as fish for canning.
Origin of slime
before 1000; Middle English slyme, Old English slīm; cognate with Dutch slijm, German Schleim, Old Norse slīm Unabridged
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  • That she reminds us of the dragon of old, which was generated between the sunbeams from heaven and the slime of earth.

  • The waters were troubled and the slime beneath them came up to the surface.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • It was in anxieties like this that the eight o'clock mass slipped by, like an eel in his slime.

  • The creature twisted to the ground and perished in its own slime.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
  • Two of us, and then four, tried to drag him out, but we slipped down the bank of the crater and rolled into the slime with him.

British Dictionary definitions for slime


soft thin runny mud or filth
any moist viscous fluid, esp when noxious or unpleasant
a mucous substance produced by various organisms, such as fish, slugs, and fungi
verb (transitive)
to cover with slime
to remove slime from (fish) before canning
Word Origin
Old English slīm; related to Old Norse slīm, Old High German slīmen to smooth, Russian slimák snail, Latin līmax snail
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Word Origin and History for slime

Old English slim "slime," from Proto-Germanic *slimaz (cf. Old Norse slim, Old Frisian slym, Dutch slijm "slime, phlegm," German Schleim "slime"), probably related to Old English lim "birdlime; sticky substance," from PIE root *(s)lei- "slimy, sticky, slippery" (cf. Sanskrit linati "sticks, stays, adheres to; slips into, disappears;" Russian slimak "snail;" Old Church Slavonic slina "spittle;" Old Irish sligim "to smear," leinam "I follow," literally "I stick to;" Welsh llyfn "smooth;" Greek leimax "snail," limne "marsh, pool, lake," alinein "to anoint, besmear;" Latin limus "slime, mud, mire," linere "to daub, besmear, rub out, erase"). As an insult to a person from mid-15c. Slime-mold is from 1880.


"to cover with slime," 1620s, from slime (n.). Related: Slimed; sliming.


"to cover with slime," 1620s, from slime (n.). Related: Slimed; sliming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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slime in Science
A slippery or sticky mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as slugs or snails.
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Slang definitions & phrases for slime



slimebag: ''I think he's a slime,'' Louise Hartley said (1950s+)


  1. Denigrate harshly and often falsely; smear: James Earl Jones gets slimed (1990s+)
  2. To speak in an unctuous and cajoling way: ''May I personally take your order, Mr Goodman,'' he slimed (1990s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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