verb (used with object), trimmed, trim·ming.
- to distribute the load of (a ship) so that it sits well in the water.
- to stow or arrange, as cargo.
- to adjust (the sails or yards) with reference to the direction of the wind and the course of the ship.
- to rebuke or reprove.
- to beat or thrash.
- to defeat.
verb (used without object), trimmed, trim·ming.
- to assume a particular position or trim in the water, as a vessel.
- to adjust the sails or yards with reference to the direction of the wind and the course of the ship.
- the set of a ship in the water, especially the most advantageous one.
- the condition of a ship with reference to its fitness for sailing.
- the adjustment of sails, rigging, etc., with reference to wind direction and the course of the ship.
- the condition of a submarine as regards buoyancy.
- the upholstery, knobs, handles, and other equipment inside a motor car.
- ornamentation on the exterior of an automobile, especially in metal or a contrasting color.
adjective, trim·mer, trim·mest.
Origin of trim
Synonyms for trim
Related Words for trimcompact, tidy, well-groomed, snug, streamlined, dapper, slim, slender, sleek, graceful, svelte, piping, trimming, shave, pare, cut, prune, clip, mow, shorten
Examples from the Web for trim
Contemporary Examples of trim
Fold over the edges and crimp, then trim any remaining excess.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie
December 26, 2014
Rubenstein turned 65 in August, and he appears as trim and energetic as when he pulled all-nighters in the Carter White House.Patriotic Philanthropy: Not an Oxymoron
November 27, 2014
An older and firmly round fellow with a trim beard leaned his head back and fought off tears.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Picking my way between fully exposed pie wagons and wide-loads, I did, however, feel quite fit and trim myself.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
He is a relatively young man with a trim, tight beard and receding hairline.Power Shortages Hit Gaza Maternity Ward
July 24, 2014
Historical Examples of trim
Their khakis had been fresh washed; so they looked neat and trim.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The cottages with orchards and flower-gardens are trim and comfortable.
Everything was on a colossal scale, and trim as a Dutch interior.
Wash it well in warm water, and trim it nicely, taking off all the fat.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
So slight, yet so round, so trim, yet so pliant—she was grace itself.Wilfrid Cumbermede
adjective trimmer or trimmest
verb trims, trimming or trimmed (mainly tr)
- (also intr)to adjust the balance of (a vessel) or (of a vessel) to maintain an even balance, by distribution of ballast, cargo, etc
- (also intr)to adjust (a vessel's sails) to take advantage of the wind
- to stow (cargo)
- the general set and appearance of a vessel
- the difference between the draught of a vessel at the bow and at the stern
- the fitness of a vessel
- the position of a vessel's sails relative to the wind
- the relative buoyancy of a submarine
Word Origin for trim
probably from Old English trymman "strengthen, make ready," from trum "strong, stable," from Proto-Germanic *trumaz; said to be cognate with Sanskrit drumah "tree," Greek drymos "copse, thicket," drys "tree, oak," and Old English treow (see tree). Examples in Middle English are wanting.
Original sense is preserved in nautical phrase in fighting trim (see trim (n.)). Meaning "make neat by cutting" is first recorded 1520s; that of "decorate, adorn" is from 1540s. Sense of "reduce" is attested from 1966. The adjective sense of "in good condition, neat, fit" is attested from c.1500, probably ultimately from Old English adjective trum.
"state of being prepared," 1580s, nautical jargon, from trim (v.). The meaning "visible woodwork of a house" is recorded from 1884; sense of "ornamental additions to an automobile" is from 1922. Slang meaning "a woman regarded as a sex object" is attested from 1955, American English.