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adjective, slim·mer, slim·mest.
  1. slender, as in girth or form; slight in build or structure.
  2. poor or inferior: a slim chance; a slim excuse.
  3. small or inconsiderable; meager; scanty: a slim income.
  4. sized for the thinner than average person.
verb (used with object), slimmed, slim·ming.
  1. to make slim.
verb (used without object), slimmed, slim·ming.
  1. to become slim.
  2. Chiefly British. to try to become more slender, especially by dieting.
  1. a garment size meant for a thin person.
Verb Phrases
  1. slim down,
    1. to lose weight, especially intentionally.
    2. (of a business) to reduce operating expenses; economize.

Origin of slim

1650–60; < Dutch slim sly, (earlier) crooked (cognate with German schlimm bad, (earlier) crooked)
Related formsslim·ly, adverbslim·ness, nounun·slim, adjectiveun·slim·ly, adverbun·slim·ness, nounun·slimmed, adjective

Synonyms for slim

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1. thin. See slender. 3. insignificant, trifling, trivial, paltry.

Antonyms for slim Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for slim

reduce, diet, slenderize

Examples from the Web for slim

Contemporary Examples of slim

Historical Examples of slim

  • Sidney considered, poking a slim finger into the little holes in the box.


    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

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • The Countess knows—and have Slim bring something to carry him home on.

British Dictionary definitions for slim


adjective slimmer or slimmest
  1. small in width relative to height or length
  2. small in amount or qualityslim chances of success
verb slims, slimming or slimmed
  1. to make or become slim, esp by diets and exercise
  2. to reduce or decrease or cause to be reduced or decreased
See also slim down
Derived Formsslimly, adverbslimmer, nounslimness, noun

Word Origin for slim

C17: from Dutch: crafty, from Middle Dutch slimp slanting; compare Old High German slimbi obliquity


  1. the E African name for AIDS

Word Origin for Slim

from its wasting effects


  1. 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)
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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.


1808, "to scamp one's work, do carelessly or superficially," from slim (adj.). Meaning "to make slim" (a garment, etc.) is from 1862; meaning "reduce (one's) weight" is from 1930. Related: Slimmed; slimming.

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