- 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 slimming
Leto immersed himself in the role completely, slimming down to 116 pounds and refusing to break character on set.Renaissance Man Jared Leto Defies Categorization
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
[Vogue UK] Spanx Aims to Sell Denim: Slimming shapewear line Spanx has become a hidden go-to for many fashion-conscious women.Change.org Petition Asks Beyonce to Comb Blue Ivy’s Hair; Stella McCartney Joins War Child Art Project
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June 11, 2014
One of these clips inside your nostrils to “push up the bones and contours of your nose,” slimming it.DIY Plastic Surgery: Can You Change Your Face Without Going Under the Knife?
January 6, 2014
To help him out, we turned to Daily Beast readers and asked what slimming ideas worked for them.Daily Beast Readers Share 16 Weight-Loss Tips for Chris Christie
February 6, 2013
The High-Waisted Belt: High-waisted belts often have a slimming effect, as they emphasize the true waist.Kate Middleton Pregnant: 6 Fashion Clues
December 3, 2012
- the process of or concern with becoming slim or slimmer as by losing weight
- (as modifier)slimming aids
- 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 slimming
"producing an appearance of thinness," 1925, present participle adjective from slim (v.).
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.