[ slim ]
/ slɪm /
adjective, slim·mer, slim·mest.
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.
verb (used with object), slimmed, slim·ming.
to make slim.
verb (used without object), slimmed, slim·ming.
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.
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Origin of slim
1650–60; < Dutch slim sly, (earlier) crooked (cognate with German schlimm bad, (earlier) crooked)
SYNONYMS FOR slim
OTHER WORDS FROM slim
slim·ly, adverbslim·ness, nounun·slim, adjectiveun·slim·ly, adverb
un·slim·ness, nounun·slimmed, adjective
Words nearby slim
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British Dictionary definitions for slim down (1 of 4)
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
an instance of an organization slimming down
British Dictionary definitions for slim down (2 of 4)
/ (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 forms of slimslimly, 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)
/ (slɪm) /
the E African name for AIDS
Word Origin for Slim
from its wasting effects
British Dictionary definitions for slim down (4 of 4)
/ (slɪm) /
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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