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.
to lose weight, especially intentionally.
(of a business) to reduce operating expenses; economize.
- slimly, adverb
- slimness, noun
- un·slim, adjective
- un·slim·ly, adverb
- un·slim·ness, noun
- un·slimmed, adjective
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How to use slim in a sentence
It was a slim volume called “Illness as Metaphor,” by Susan Sontag.The virus caused more than a pandemic. It set us all ablaze. | Philip Kennicott | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
With very slim wrists, the sweater fits easily under gloves and jackets.The Kora Xenolith Is My Secret Weapon Against the Cold | Wes Siler | February 2, 2021 | Outside Online
All you really need to know is that Democrats don’t seem likely to use their slim majority to gut the filibuster.What Democrats Can’t Do As Long As The Filibuster Remains In Place — And What They Can | Perry Bacon Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org) | February 1, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
So generally when advertising on Amazon margins are slimmer, than when advertising on other channels.PPC award winners talk strategies for competitive times, industries, and marketplaces | Carolyn Lyden | January 29, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Weighted out across the two scenarios,5 Kansas City is an extremely slim 51 percent favorite in the model — essentially too close to call, for now.
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 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Lloyd Green | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Will Rahn | October 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Ben Jacobs | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Michael Signer | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I pictured him as slim and young looking, smooth-faced, with golden curly hair, and big brown eyes.The Boarded-Up House | Augusta Huiell Seaman
His boyish suspenders had been put away in favor of a belt, which was tight-drawn about his slim waist.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
One evening in the month of April, a slim, straight-backed girl stood in the veranda of a bungalow at Meerut.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Bedded in the soft earth underneath lay the slim buckskin sacks.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Outen the side door of the porch next me come a slim, little figger in white.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for slim (1 of 3)
small in width relative to height or length
small in amount or quality: slim chances of success
to make or become slim, esp by diets and exercise
to reduce or decrease or cause to be reduced or decreased
- See also slim down
- slimly, adverb
- slimmer, noun
- slimness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Slim (2 of 3)
the E African name for AIDS
British Dictionary definitions for Slim (3 of 3)
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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