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.
- slim disease,
- slim down,
- slim pickings,
- slime bacteria
Origin of slim
Examples from the Web for slim
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|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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Schools are more than happy to help players bulk up but nothing is done to help them slim down after the cleats get hung up.College Football Fattens Players Up and Then Abandons Them|Evin Demirel|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His tall, straight form, erect and slim, swung toward them over the ice.
Then, out into view beneath me, was thrust a slim ivory hand which held an electric pocket lamp.Tales of Secret Egypt|Sax Rohmer
O'Reilly took her by the hand, and with an arm round the slim waist raised the girl to her feet.The Lion's Mouse|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
This was understood between them before they left Meadows, but the plan did not work out because Slim failed to do his part.The Man from the Bitter Roots|Caroline Lockhart
She was in pearl gray, no powder, no mustache, slim as a reed.Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
adjective slimmer or slimmest
verb slims, slimming or slimmed
Word Origin for slim
Word Origin for Slim
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.
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.