verb (used with object), slimed, slim·ing.
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Origin of slime
Words nearby slime
ABOUT THIS WORD
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
Affected sea stars at such sites may just melt into a puddle of slime.Choked by bacteria, some starfish are turning to goo|Erin Garcia de Jesus|February 8, 2021|Science News For Students
Such microbes thrive when there are high levels of organic matter in warm water and create a low oxygen environment that can make sea stars melt in a puddle of slime.Some bacteria are suffocating sea stars, turning the animals to goo|Erin Garcia de Jesus|January 20, 2021|Science News
Instead of the traditional narration from Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, there were graphics aplenty, including that slime in the end zone and on the first down markers.The future of football-watching has arrived, with streams for everyone (and slime for the kids)|Ben Strauss|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
It was fun to see what sort of magnets they were going to use or how much slime was going to be on it.Inside ‘Save Yourselves!’—a socially distant comedy for our times|radmarya|October 1, 2020|Fortune
That suggests that light from the slime may help trigger the production of more light.This tube worm’s glowing slime may help sustain its own shine|Carolyn Wilke|June 5, 2020|Science News For Students
The pair riff on pink slime, the New World Order, and even the War on Christmas™.Kirk Cameron Saves Christmas from Abominable Killjoys (Other Christians)|Brandy Zadrozny|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or hear stories about something called “pink slime” infiltrating their Quarter Pounders.
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
Edna looked at her feet, and noticed the sand and slime between her brown toes.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The greasy surface, dotted here and there with specks of vegetable, resembles a pool of stagnant water covered with green slime.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
So she leant over—down, nearer, closer, until her fingers curved over the stone amid the moisture and green slime.
Not far distant Winton lay stretched along a fir-shadowed rock, the slime-green base of which was washed by the lipping waves.
They were slippery with river slime and the light boat climbed up on them, driving them down under the water.Stories of Our Naval Heroes|Various