[ 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


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. 2020

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 of trim

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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