From Dutch slim (“bad, sly, clever”), from Middle Dutch slim (“bad, crooked”), from Proto-Germanic *slimbaz (“oblique, crooked”). Compare Dutch slim (“smart, clever, crafty”) Middle High German slimp (“slanting, awry”), German schlimm (“bad”), West Frisian slim (“bad, dire”).
- Slender, thin.
- (of something abstract like a chance or margin) Very small, tiny.
- I'm afraid your chances are quite slim.
2011 January 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 4 - 3 Wolves”, in BBC:
- Wolves' debatable third in the last 10 minutes, with the ball only crossing the line by the slimmest of margins if at all, ensured a cracking finale, although City would have been left aggrieved had they let the win slip.
- (rural, Northern England, Scotland) Bad, of questionable quality; not strongly built, flimsy.
A slimly-shod lad;a slimly-made cart.
- (South Africa) Sly, crafty.
- See also Thesaurus:scrawny
slim (plural slims)
- A type of cigarette substantially longer and thinner than normal cigarettes.
- I only smoke slims.
- (East Africa, uncountable) AIDS, or the chronic wasting associated with its later stages.
2003, Charled F. Gilks, “HIV in the Developing World”, in David A. Warrell et al., editors, Oxford Textbook of Medicine, volume Volume 1, 4th ed. edition, ISBN 0198570147, page 446:
- As in the West, only about 50 per cent of patients with slim fully investigated will have a putative pathogen identified.
- (slang, uncountable) Cocaine.
- (AIDS): Slim
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