- thin, glutinous mud.
- any ropy or viscous liquid matter, especially of a foul kind.
- a viscous secretion of animal or vegetable origin.
- Also called slime·ball [slahym-bawl] /ˈslaɪmˌbɔl/. Slang. a repulsive or despicable person.
- to cover or smear with or as if with slime.
- to remove slime from, as fish for canning.
Origin of slime
Examples 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 Raising of the Concordia
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 17, 2013
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
December 13, 2012
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
January 30, 2012
As Rick Perry and Mitt Romney slime each other, the former pizza magnate is delivering on style and substance.Behind the Herman Cain Surge
October 4, 2011
If there had been a moment of Sex evolution, it had now retreated back into the slime.Can a Straight Man Love Sex and the City?
Michael Patrick King
May 23, 2010
Blow it,” he said, taking off the chain, “my mouth is too full of slime.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The Englishman's arms shot into the slime with the regularity of pistons.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
They must then be rubbed with wood-ashes, to remove the slime.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
Myxacium, meaning mucus, slime; so called from the glutinous veil.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Tell me about it first, and meanwhile perhaps I'll have got my head out of the slime.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- soft thin runny mud or filth
- any moist viscous fluid, esp when noxious or unpleasant
- a mucous substance produced by various organisms, such as fish, slugs, and fungi
- to cover with slime
- to remove slime from (fish) before canning
Word Origin and History for slime
Old English slim "slime," from Proto-Germanic *slimaz (cf. Old Norse slim, Old Frisian slym, Dutch slijm "slime, phlegm," German Schleim "slime"), probably related to Old English lim "birdlime; sticky substance," from PIE root *(s)lei- "slimy, sticky, slippery" (cf. Sanskrit linati "sticks, stays, adheres to; slips into, disappears;" Russian slimak "snail;" Old Church Slavonic slina "spittle;" Old Irish sligim "to smear," leinam "I follow," literally "I stick to;" Welsh llyfn "smooth;" Greek leimax "snail," limne "marsh, pool, lake," alinein "to anoint, besmear;" Latin limus "slime, mud, mire," linere "to daub, besmear, rub out, erase"). As an insult to a person from mid-15c. Slime-mold is from 1880.
"to cover with slime," 1620s, from slime (n.). Related: Slimed; sliming.
- A slippery or sticky mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as slugs or snails.