[ trim-ing ]
/ ˈtrɪm ɪŋ /


anything used or serving to decorate or complete: the trimmings of a Christmas tree.
Usually trimmings. an accompaniment or garnish to a main dish: roast turkey with all the trimmings.
trimmings, pieces cut off in trimming, clipping, paring, or pruning.
the act of a person or thing that trims.
Informal. a beating or thrashing.
Informal. a defeat: Our team took quite a trimming.

Origin of trimming

First recorded in 1510–20; trim + -ing1

Definition for trimming (2 of 2)

Origin of trim

before 900; probably continuing Old English trymman, trymian to strengthen, prepare (not recorded in ME), derivative of trum strong, active; akin to Irish dron strong, Greek drȳmós coppice, Latin dūrus hard. See tree

Related forms

trim·ly, adverbtrim·ness, nouno·ver·trim, verb, o·ver·trimmed, o·ver·trim·ming.pre·trim, verb, pre·trimmed, pre·trim·ming. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for trimming (1 of 3)


/ (ˈtrɪmɪŋ) /


an extra piece used to decorate or complete
(plural) usual or traditional accompanimentsroast turkey with all the trimmings
(plural) parts that are cut off
(plural) dialect ornaments; decorationsChristmas trimmings
informal a reproof, beating, or defeat

British Dictionary definitions for trimming (2 of 3)


/ (trɪm) /

adjective trimmer or trimmest

verb trims, trimming or trimmed (mainly tr)


Derived Forms

trimly, adverbtrimness, noun

Word Origin for trim

Old English trymman to strengthen; related to trum strong, Old Irish druma tree, Russian drom thicket

British Dictionary definitions for trimming (3 of 3)


/ (trɪm) /


the county town of Meath, Republic of Ireland; 12th-century castle, medieval cathedral; textiles and machinery. Pop: 5894 (2002)
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