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.
- (slang, uncountable) Cocaine.
- (AIDS): Slim
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