slime

[ slahym ]
/ slaɪm /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), slimed, slim·ing.

to cover or smear with or as if with slime.
to remove slime from, as fish for canning.

Nearby words

  1. slily,
  2. slim,
  3. slim disease,
  4. slim down,
  5. slim pickings,
  6. slime bacteria,
  7. slime mold,
  8. slime mould,
  9. slimeball,
  10. slimline

Origin of slime

before 1000; Middle English slyme, Old English slīm; cognate with Dutch slijm, German Schleim, Old Norse slīm

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British Dictionary definitions for slime

slime

/ (slaɪm) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

to cover with slime
to remove slime from (fish) before canning

Word Origin for slime

Old English slīm; related to Old Norse slīm, Old High German slīmen to smooth, Russian slimák snail, Latin līmax snail

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Word Origin and History for slime
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Science definitions for slime

slime

[ slīm ]

A slippery or sticky mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as slugs or snails.
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