Borrowing from Dutch slim (“bad, sly, clever”), from Middle Dutch slim (“bad, crooked”), from Old Dutch *slimb, 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, obsolete in Britain) Sly, crafty.
- (slender in an attractive way.): lithe, svelte, willowy; see also Thesaurus:slender
- (long and narrow): fine, stalky, sticklike, thin, virgate
- (reduced workforce):
- (tiny; of something abstract): infinitesimal, marginal; see also Thesaurus:tiny
- (of questionable quality): flimsy, lousy, shoddy; see also Thesaurus:low-quality
- (crafty): cunning, frood; see also Thesaurus:wily
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.
- (slang, uncountable) Cocaine.
- (AIDS): Slim
- (intransitive) To lose weight in order to achieve slimness.
- (transitive) To make slimmer; to reduce in size.
|Inflection of slim|
- “slim” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.