Last modified on 25 May 2014, at 18:11

slime

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English slīm, from Proto-Germanic. Cognates include Dutch slijm, German Schleim (mucus, slime), also see Latin limus (mud), Ancient Greek λίμνη (límnē, marsh).

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NounEdit

slime (plural slimes)

  1. Soft, moist earth or clay, having an adhesive quality; viscous mud; any substance of a dirty nature, that is moist, soft, and adhesive; bitumen; mud containing metallic ore, obtained in the preparatory dressing.
    • Shakespeare
      As it [the Nile] ebbs, the seedsman / Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain.
  2. Any mucilaginous substance; or a mucus-like substance which exudes from the bodies of certain animals, such as snails or slugs.
  3. (figuratively, obsolete) Human flesh, seen disparagingly; mere human form.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.x:
      th'eternall Lord in fleshly slime / Enwombed was, from wretched Adams line / To purge away the guilt of sinfull crime [...].
  4. (obsolete) = Jew’s slime (bitumen)

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SynonymsEdit

  • (any substance of a dirty nature): sludge

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VerbEdit

slime (third-person singular simple present slimes, present participle sliming, simple past and past participle slimed)

  1. (transitive) To coat with slime.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To besmirch or disparage.

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