- thin, glutinous mud.
- any ropy or viscous liquid matter, especially of a foul kind.
- a viscous secretion of animal or vegetable origin.
- Also called slime·ball [slahym-bawl] /ˈslaɪmˌbɔl/. Slang. a repulsive or despicable person.
- to cover or smear with or as if with slime.
- to remove slime from, as fish for canning.
Origin of slime
- slang an odious and contemptible person
- 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
- to cover with slime
- to remove slime from (fish) before canning
Word Origin and History for slimeball
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.
- A slippery or sticky mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as slugs or snails.