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

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

Antonyms for slim

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Related Words for slim down

slim, reduce, fast, starve

British Dictionary definitions for slim down

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

slim

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

Slim

1

noun

the E African name for AIDS

Word Origin for Slim

from its wasting effects

Slim

2

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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Word Origin and History for slim down

slim

adj.

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.

slim

v.

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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