adjective, slim·mer, slim·mest.
verb (used with object), slimmed, slim·ming.
verb (used without object), slimmed, slim·ming.
- to lose weight, especially intentionally.
- (of a business) to reduce operating expenses; economize.
Origin of slim
British Dictionary definitions for slim down (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for slim down (2 of 4)
adjective slimmer or slimmest
verb slims, slimming or slimmed
Word Origin for slim
British Dictionary definitions for slim down (3 of 4)
Word Origin for Slim
British Dictionary definitions for slim down (4 of 4)
Word Origin and History for slim down (1 of 2)
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.