Origin of slim

1650–60; < Dutch slim sly, (earlier) crooked (cognate with German schlimm bad, (earlier) crooked)
SYNONYMS FOR slim
1 thin. See slender.
3 insignificant, trifling, trivial, paltry.
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British Dictionary definitions for slim down (1 of 4)

slim down


verb (adverb)

to make or become slim, esp intentionally
to make (an organization) more efficient or (of an organization) to become more efficient, esp by cutting staff

noun slimdown

an instance of an organization slimming down

British Dictionary definitions for slim down (2 of 4)

slim

/ (slɪm) /

adjective slimmer or slimmest

small in width relative to height or length
small in amount or qualityslim chances of success

verb slims, slimming or slimmed

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
Derived Formsslimly, adverbslimmer, nounslimness, noun

Word Origin for slim

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

British Dictionary definitions for slim down (3 of 4)

Slim

1
/ (slɪm) /

noun

the E African name for AIDS

Word Origin for Slim

from its wasting effects

British Dictionary definitions for slim down (4 of 4)

Slim

2
/ (slɪm) /

noun

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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