verb (used with object), slimed, slim·ing.
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Origin of slime
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What else does slime mean?
Where does slime come from?
The slang term slime–not to be confused with the green goop of 1990s Nickelodeon fame–was popularized in 2010 by rapper Vado, and it’s used in the same way you might use bruh, homie, or, over in the U.K., mate.
Vado is a big fan of the word: he has used it in the title of five albums and throughout his lyrics. On his 2010 debut album Slime Flu, Vado used slime in the song “Snapped” to refer to his friends: “Light a 50, sit back in the cranberry 550 / My slimes with me, this chick money hungry just like Whitley.”
Vado credits, however, fellow New York rapper N.O.R.E. as the originator of the slang. Why slime? It appears just to be an idiosyncrasy, although it does follow in the tradition of negative words becoming positive in slang (cf. bad, sick, ill, wicked).
Sure enough, N.O.R.E. used slime in the title of two songs in his 2002 album God’s Favorite. In those songs, N.O.R.E. used the word as an affectionate term when talking to a friend. Specifically, N.O.R.E. calls rapper Nas slime in “Hit Me Slime,” which would technically make Nas the original slime, as this was the first use of slime in any of N.O.R.E’s albums.
N.O.R.E. also often uses slime on his social media channels and has stated that he is the inventor of the slang.
How is slime used in real life?
N.O.R.E. still remains a fan of the slang.
445 la time no sleep slime
— N.O.R.E (@noreaga) January 13, 2018
Other rappers have also adopted slime in the 2000s, including (outside Vado) Young Thug, who has used it in the title of albums (Slime Language) and mixtapes (Slime Season). Drake has also used slime, further helping to popularize the slang.
— Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) December 1, 2013
The non-rappers among us also use the word when giving shoutouts to the slimes in our lives.
One with my slime 🐍💕 pic.twitter.com/1lV85kxoP9
— mario3️⃣ (@jmario13_) December 3, 2018
More examples of slime:
“is it appropriate to call my girlfriend “my slime”
—@newfossilsca, December 2018
“U right down stairs slime give me some Kool aid!!!”—
—@noreaga, May 2016
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Example sentences from the Web for slime
Because the movement of the giant vessel was so slow, the only way to mark the rotation was by watching the slime line rise.
The Consumerist declared that a “new circle in hell” had opened for these “slime.”12-12-12 Concert Ticket Scalpers: The Hurricane Sandy Benefit Spoilers|Winston Ross|December 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A GOP professional laments the “slime and dirt and muck attached not only to the two candidates but also to the party itself.”Romney and Gingrich Set the GOP on a Path Toward Self-Destruction|John Batchelor|January 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As Rick Perry and Mitt Romney slime each other, the former pizza magnate is delivering on style and substance.
If there had been a moment of Sex evolution, it had now retreated back into the slime.
"Prize-lawful or prize-lawless" it is ever a flower, even though it grow, like the love of the hero of Turf and Towers, in slime.
"General Janvier" is doing his worst, but our men are sticking it out through slush and slime.
The impurities fall to the bottom of the vessel in the form of "slime," which is periodically removed.Marvels of Scientific Invention|Thomas W. Corbin
He drank again, and shuddered with a depraved sense of pleasure at the after-taste of slime in the water.An Outcast of the Islands|Joseph Conrad
Shambling grotesquely, but picking his way above the slime as delicately as a cat, he kept on for perhaps a hundred yards.Neighbors Unknown|Charles G. D. Roberts