Origin of slim

1650–60; < Dutch slim sly, (earlier) crooked (cognate with German schlimm bad, (earlier) crooked)

SYNONYMS FOR slim

1 thin. See slender.
3 insignificant, trifling, trivial, paltry.

OTHER WORDS FROM slim

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British Dictionary definitions for slimming (1 of 4)

slimming
/ (ˈslɪmɪŋ) /

noun

  1. the process of or concern with becoming slim or slimmer as by losing weight
  2. (as modifier)slimming aids

British Dictionary definitions for slimming (2 of 4)

slim
/ (slɪm) /

adjective slimmer or slimmest

small in width relative to height or length
small in amount or qualityslim chances of success

verb slims, slimming or slimmed

to make or become slim, esp by diets and exercise
to reduce or decrease or cause to be reduced or decreased
See also slim down

Derived forms of slim

slimly, adverbslimmer, nounslimness, noun

Word Origin for slim

C17: from Dutch: crafty, from Middle Dutch slimp slanting; compare Old High German slimbi obliquity

British Dictionary definitions for slimming (3 of 4)

Slim1
/ (slɪm) /

noun

the E African name for AIDS

Word Origin for Slim

from its wasting effects

British Dictionary definitions for slimming (4 of 4)

Slim2
/ (slɪm) /

noun

William Joseph, 1st Viscount. 1891–1970, British field marshal, who commanded (1943–45) the 14th Army in the reconquest of Burma (now called Myanmar) from the Japanese; governor general of Australia (1953–60)
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