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Slim
See also: Slim, SLiM, and slím

English

Etymology

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").

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sl?m/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -?m

Adjective

slim (comparative slimmer, superlative slimmest)

  1. Slender, thin.
    1. (of a person or a person's build) Slender in an attractive way.
      Movie stars are usually slim, attractive, and young.
    2. (by extension, of clothing) Designed to make the wearer appear slim.
    3. (of an object) Long and narrow.
    4. (of a workforce) Of a reduced size, with the intent of being more efficient.
  2. (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[1]:
      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.
  3. (rural, Northern England, Scotland) Bad, of questionable quality; not strongly built, flimsy.
    A slimly-shod lad;
    a slimly-made cart.
  4. (South Africa, obsolete in Britain) Sly, crafty.

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Noun

slim (plural slims)

  1. A type of cigarette substantially longer and thinner than normal cigarettes.
    I only smoke slims.
  2. (Ireland, regional) A potato farl.
  3. (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[2], volume Volume 1, 4th ed. edition, ->ISBN, page 446:
      As in the West, only about 50 per cent of patients with slim fully investigated will have a putative pathogen identified.
  4. (slang, uncountable) Cocaine.

Alternative forms

Verb

slim (third-person singular simple present slims, present participle slimming, simple past and past participle slimmed)

  1. (intransitive) To lose weight in order to achieve slimness.
  2. (transitive) To make slimmer; to reduce in size.

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Danish

Etymology

From Old Norse slím ("slime").

Pronunciation

Noun

slim c or n (singular definite slimen or slimet, uncountable)

  1. slime
  2. mucus

Dutch

Etymology

From Middle Dutch slim, slem, slimp, slemp, from Old Dutch *slimb, from Proto-Germanic *slimbaz ("oblique, crooked"), compare German schlimm ("bad"), English slim.

Pronunciation

Adjective

slim (comparative slimmer, superlative slimst)

  1. intelligent, bright
  2. clever, smart
  3. (now dialectal, Eastern Dutch) wrong, incorrect, bad

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Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse slím

Noun

slim n (definite singular slimet, uncountable)

  1. mucus, phlegm
  2. slime

Derived terms

References

  • "slim" in The Bokmål Dictionary.
  • "slim_2" in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Old Norse slím

Noun

slim n (definite singular slimet, uncountable)

  1. mucus, phlegm
  2. slime

Derived terms

References

  • "slim" in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

West Frisian

Pronunciation

Adjective

slim

  1. bad
  2. dire
  3. difficult

Inflection

Further reading

  • "slim (II)", in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

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