slime

[slahym]
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noun
  1. thin, glutinous mud.
  2. any ropy or viscous liquid matter, especially of a foul kind.
  3. a viscous secretion of animal or vegetable origin.
  4. Also called slime·ball [slahym-bawl] /ˈslaɪmˌbɔl/. Slang. a repulsive or despicable person.
verb (used with object), slimed, slim·ing.
  1. to cover or smear with or as if with slime.
  2. to remove slime from, as fish for canning.

Origin of slime

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

sludge, mud, goo, gunk, mucus, mire, scum, ooze, fungus, glop

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British Dictionary definitions for slime

slime

noun
  1. soft thin runny mud or filth
  2. any moist viscous fluid, esp when noxious or unpleasant
  3. a mucous substance produced by various organisms, such as fish, slugs, and fungi
verb (tr)
  1. to cover with slime
  2. 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
n.

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.

v.

"to cover with slime," 1620s, from slime (n.). Related: Slimed; sliming.

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slime in Science

slime

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