- 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 slim
He was one of living symbols of “White Ribbon Revolution” of 2012, always in black, slim, shaved, almost a monk.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Slim turned Bush down, and Lehman filed for bankruptcy in September 2008, just weeks before the presidential election.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?
December 15, 2014
It was slim, about “fifty to sixty pages,” according to Bradlee, and mostly concerned with her paintings.The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy
October 22, 2014
For months, first term Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan has managed to cling to slim lead that has defied national factors.In Tarheel State, Democratic Senate Incumbent Bucks National GOP Trend
October 20, 2014
Stangneth probes his affairs in Argentina, including with Ingrid von Ihne, “tall, blond, and slim, with a cold beauty.”Nothing Was Banal About Eichmann’s Evil, Says a Scathing New Biography
October 11, 2014
Sidney considered, poking a slim finger into the little holes in the box.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Yes, that was another of Jack's fool schemes," put in Slim.
Slim made a few hasty passes at his hair and said he was ready.
Linda folded her slim hands on the table and leaned forward.Her Father's Daughter
The Countess knows—and have Slim bring something to carry him home on.
- 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 slim
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.