- 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 sliming
Historical Examples of sliming
From the sour earth, sliming his hands and knees, arose an overpowering stench of decay and disturbed mold.Star Born
- 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 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.