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[slahy-mee] /ˈslaɪ mi/
adjective, slimier, slimiest.
of or like slime.
abounding in or covered with slime.
offensively foul or vile.
Origin of slimy
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at slime, -y1
Related forms
slimily, adverb
sliminess, noun Unabridged
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  • "Dry or slimy, you would be just the same dear old Dick," she whispered.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • His descent into the street was like the descent into a slimy aquarium from which the water had been run off.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Sheet and pillow-case were slimy with oil, yet the chamois-skin bag was safe.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Now and then a snake drew away its slimy length and Dick shuddered.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Frantically he tugged and tore at the slimy rope, hauling with a will and a prayer.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for slimy


adjective slimier, slimiest
characterized by, covered with, containing, secreting, or resembling slime
offensive or repulsive
(mainly Brit) characterized by servility
Derived Forms
slimily, adverb
sliminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for slimy

late 14c., "covered with slime; of the nature of slime," from slime (n.) + -y (2). Cf. Middle Dutch slimich, Dutch slijmig, German schleimig. Figurative sense of "morally repulsive" is first attested 1570s. Related: Slimily; sliminess.

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