- a person who is trying to lose weight, especially by dieting.
Origin of slimmer
- 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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Examples from the Web for slimmer
The margin was slimmer than expected, but the Republican still lost in Virginia.Ken Cuccinelli Loses Narrowly to Terry McAuliffe for Virginia Governor
November 6, 2013
The reflection she sees is slimmer and more beautiful, thus her ego is equated to the potent drug.The Art of Voyeurism
April 22, 2010
Especially after all those wasted hours trying to look younger, slimmer, and better dressed just to get their rightful desserts.Boyle and the Invisible Women
April 20, 2009
He was a slimmer, younger, but less good-looking edition of Nigel.Bird of Paradise
At this juncture Commandant Schalk-Burger grew "slimmer" than ever.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)
Feverishly the hunter cast about for another trail, smaller and slimmer.In the Morning of Time
Charles G. D. Roberts
He was paler, slimmer and altogether more effective than before.The Gay Gnani of Gingalee
So, too, was a slimmer young man with a freckled Irish face.The Arrow of Fire
Roy J. Snell
- 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 slimmer
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.