Definition of slim in English:

slim

adjective

  • 1(of a person or their build) gracefully thin; slender.

    ‘her slim figure’
    ‘the girls were tall and slim’
    • ‘They are looking for a black male, 22 years old, six feet tall with a slim build, a thin mustache, wearing a gray shirt and jeans.’
    • ‘The other was slightly shorter at 5ft 8in tall and of slim build.’
    • ‘Her figure was slim and pretty, her fingers slender and graceful as she steadfastly worked at her stitching.’
    • ‘The male is described as of thin build, slim features, 6ft, short brown hair, early 30s, wearing a long, black scruffy coat.’
    • ‘She was of average build and had a nice, slim figure.’
    • ‘Racing up to the entrance, Nick saw a slim man leaned up against the wall, clutching his profusely bleeding wrist.’
    • ‘His skin was very pale and he was slim and not built up at all.’
    • ‘His accomplice was white, 5ft 9in, of slim build and in his 20s.’
    • ‘One was slim build, with short dark hair and 5ft 9ins tall.’
    • ‘He was slim and strong, built like a rapier and just as fast.’
    • ‘Few can deny that girls in Shanghai are more and more stylish, with dyed hair, high-soled shoes, slim figures and above all, clothes with less material.’
    • ‘She was slim, and wearing figure hugging black trousers and an elbow length wine coloured top.’
    • ‘She was slim but not thin, and her golden skin seemed to glow in the candlelight.’
    • ‘He was slim to medium build, with cropped, mousy brown hair and spoke with a local accent.’
    • ‘I was built with very small bones, resulting in my slim figure.’
    • ‘He is about 5ft 4in tall, of slim build, with a thin face.’
    • ‘But if that's the case how come you are so slim and slender?’
    • ‘But if you're slim and trim, then you can have a blast.’
    • ‘Her dress was straight out of a fairytale, with its light, graceful layers that served to accentuate the woman's slim build.’
    • ‘Her slim figure and graceful movements suggested to him that she knew how to quietly slip into a room, or to turn it into a swirling storm of attention.’
    slender, lean, willowy, sylphlike, svelte, lissom, graceful, snake-hipped, rangy, clean-limbed, trim, slight, slightly built
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    1. 1.1 (of a thing) small in width and typically long and narrow in shape.
      ‘a slim gold band encircled her wrist’
      • ‘He grabbed it and unsheathed it, admiring the slim silver blade and the connoisseur smith who had shaped it.’
      • ‘She gave a sigh of disgust, her eyes narrowing behind her slim glasses.’
      • ‘Putting the cloth aside, she held a slim, gold hilted sword in her hand.’
      • ‘Even in the winter of his years, he maintained his slim necktie, suspicious glances, overall decency and a peculiar use of his fedora onstage.’
      • ‘Manufacturer and retail catalogs also featured the guard or keeper ring, a plain slim gold band worn over the diamond ring to keep it in place.’
      • ‘New recruits should opt for slim ties - narrow to medium-narrow width.’
      • ‘Several of the more modern ornaments are elegant in form and shape and can be stylishly worn on a slim chain around the neck.’
      • ‘I slid a slim silver band off of my left ring finger.’
      • ‘She wore a slim gold band around her head, a white tunic, and jeans and boots.’
      • ‘Both ladies were wearing slim gold circlets studded with diamonds, which marked them as princesses.’
      • ‘Most satisfying is that each image is a gem with only a slim band of white space separating one from another.’
      • ‘It is also seen in the style of some mosques and minarets with their slim and ornate shapes, as well as in public buildings such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Qurm.’
      • ‘He gave her a slim gold band that once belonged to his mother, and she gave him violets, her favorite flower.’
      • ‘As he does, Martina opens the box, revealing a slim, white gold ring.’
      • ‘Trousers are slim and close to the leg, slightly flaring at the shoe.’
      • ‘Leonard combines these shapes with slim rectangles of varying sizes that seem to trim or buttress the larger shapes.’
      • ‘Instead, a slim band marks and secures the precise joining of the vessel's single sheet of bent brass at the front.’
      • ‘There's more body movement, though - the hand on the chin is a favourite, showing off the unflashy watch and slim wedding band.’
      • ‘It's gold and has a slim strap with a narrow oval face, which sparkles as if it had been sprinkled with extra fine glitter.’
      • ‘This combination of materials was just not conducive to the slim shape that was needed to smoothly penetrate the ocean of air.’
      • ‘She wore slim rectangular, gold glasses that were at the end of her nose.’
      narrow, slender, slimline
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    2. 1.2 (of a garment) cut on slender lines; designed to make the wearer appear slim.
      ‘a pair of slim, immaculately cut trousers’
      • ‘Concealed beneath the dress were slim black slippers, and thin gold bands glinted on wrists and fingers.’
      • ‘Other hip, comfy alternatives include layering it over jeans or slim pants.’
      • ‘Her mother was sparkling in a slim gown fitted with diamonds to resemble the sky.’
      • ‘A lot more robust seems Ane Urkizu's range of asymmetric shapes and screen printed fabrics made into pencil skirts and slim fit trousers.’
      • ‘A slim satin trousersuit appeared to have been stitched from a rising sun flag.’
      • ‘She wore a plain dress of gold, which was slim but not skin-tight.’
      • ‘His styles were luxurious, with credits to the 1950s in slim suits and dresses, and wide picture hats.’
      • ‘The dress was slim and had a small slit at the back.’
      • ‘Fall's slim coat has a retro feel that works well with the season's more refined and polished looks.’
      • ‘It's not just her look - wraparound pearlescent shades, ponytail, simple white T shirt with slim jeans.’
      • ‘She was in a tight, slim coat, with legs as long as my body, and she had high cheekbones and perfect straight hair.’
      • ‘Aimed at a more mature woman, there were plenty of slim skirts teamed with jackets and T-shirts.’
      • ‘So try to keep the silhouettes simple with full-cut shirts tucked into slim pants or pencil skirts.’
      • ‘I don't think I could even if I wanted to - a lot of women's jeans are cut so slim, tight and stretchy, there isn't room to tuck in.’
      • ‘Just so you know, slim suits look fine, but tight suits lean toward the tacky side. starching your shirt’
      • ‘Big, poufed dresses can be overpowering on a tall woman, and very slim dresses can make you look even taller.’
    3. 1.3 (of a business or other organization) reduced to a smaller size in the hope that it will become more efficient.
      ‘companies will extract all possible productivity gains from their slimmer workforces before adding people’
      • ‘We have not got a figure but we know at the end of the three years we will have to be a slimmer organisation.’
      • ‘It's inevitable there will be some job losses and we're going to be a slimmer organisation but the changes will occur in phases.’
  • 2(of something abstract, especially a chance or margin) very small.

    ‘there was just a slim chance of success’
    ‘a slim majority of sixteen’
    • ‘The chances are slim that any change would be made.’
    • ‘Coach Dan Issel surely will continue to search for the elusive big man he coveted in July, but the odds of finding someone who can make much difference appear slim.’
    • ‘Opportunities to break into the first team at Preston appear to be slim, with five other players ahead of him in the pecking order at Deepdale.’
    • ‘But the chances that his diet caused his narrowed arteries are slim to none.’
    • ‘However, the prospects for discontinuous, disruptive change appear slim.’
    • ‘By contrast, the literature on Britain appears to be surprisingly slim and tends to make repeated reference to the same or similar lists of crimes and cases.’
    • ‘But realistically the pair have only a slim chance of medal success in that final.’
    • ‘The likelihood of that appeared very slim in a country where the president and prime minister regularly exchange public insults.’
    • ‘She has a slim chance of success, yet the financial world is slowly replacing their faith in her appeal.’
    • ‘Right now an alien who crosses the border knows that he stands a very slim chance, if any at all, of being caught once he's here.’
    • ‘The prospects of agreement on a devolution package in the near future appear slim, however.’
    • ‘Sort of suggests that it's not the slim possibility that the band might have a couple of extra ounces on them that's the problem they're facing, Louis.’
    • ‘Oakenshaw only fielded five players, which is never a good tactic, and their hopes of surviving the drop appear slim.’
    • ‘As stated above, the potential for the development of delta agonists into clinically useful agents for the treatment of severe pain appears slim.’
    • ‘He also collected a silver medal in the 50m freestyle in which he was pipped at the post for the gold by a very slim 0.04 of a second margin in another PB swim.’
    • ‘Having said that, the chances of finding any such gold are slim.’
    • ‘Knowing full well that the chances of someone actually being on the other line were slim to none, she answered the phone nonetheless.’
    • ‘Most English Catholics were appalled by news of the plot, realizing the slim chance of success, and that failure would lead to further repression.’
    • ‘Buoyed by the slim margin, the Carlow border side rallied from the restart.’
    • ‘Giving birth seems like a fragile process, fraught with danger, with a slim chance of success - rather than a completely natural thing as it should be.’
    slight, small, slender, faint, feeble, poor, flimsy, tenuous, fragile, negligible, marginal, minimal
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  • 3South African Crafty, sly, or unscrupulous.

    • ‘That's all the mannetjie with the forked tail, bad breath and sulphur body odour is waiting for, slim sales talk.’
    deceitful, duplicitous, fraudulent, counterfeit, sham, bogus, cheating, underhand, cunning, crafty, sly, guileful, scheming, perfidious, treacherous, machiavellian, dissembling, disingenuous, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, unprincipled, dishonest, untruthful, lying, mendacious, insincere, false
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verb

[NO OBJECT]British
  • 1Make oneself thinner, especially by dieting.

    ‘if he's overweight, he should slim’
    ‘an aid to slimming’
    • ‘A nutrition expert slammed the ‘lose weight’ order saying the pop world had gone mad if the girls had been told to slim down.’
    • ‘If they don't slim down by age 20, their life expectancy will drop by up to 20 years.’
    • ‘Take some omega - 3 supplements before your daily workout, and you may slim down.’
    • ‘And overweight people have to decide for themselves whether they want to slim down.’
    • ‘For the sake of her heart and her health, I wish she could slim down a little, but that said, she is a one-off who has made it to the top and deserves to stay there for a while.’
    • ‘With half of all Britons overweight, the government's plan to get us to slim down looks like a daunting task.’
    • ‘For anyone trying to slim down, a body-fat test is a better way to monitor progress than the scale is.’
    • ‘He'd begun to slim down just before he was cast in Hercules and had to quickly put that process into reverse.’
    • ‘Although Gemma has been a keen supporter of strongman competitions since she was small, she only started training in a gym six months ago, in an attempt to slim down for her singing career.’
    • ‘But, having slimmed down on a specially designed diet and training regime, the two-time Golden Boot winner has begun to recapture the form that once made him the most prolific marksman in world football.’
    • ‘Again it took three months of sweat to slim down to Air Force standards.’
    • ‘Good nutrition is crucial when you're attempting to slim down.’
    • ‘Huezo's husband has a grapefruit-sized lump in his stomach where he had injections to slim down.’
    • ‘Then a new job as a spa chef in Hawaii motivated her to slim down.’
    • ‘At home I have big vats of cabbage soup that I make to slim down.’
    • ‘She said her weight loss had inspired her to get to work and help other people to slim down.’
    • ‘But if you want to slim down, consider some additional ways to reduce your fat intake.’
    • ‘She had bought a gown three sizes too small hoping to slim down to fit it.’
    • ‘Sometimes a jockey is unable to slim down to the weight allocated to a particular horse.’
    • ‘He was told by Davis to slim down by the next minicamp, which was held last week.’
    lose weight, get thinner, lose some pounds, shed some pounds, lose some inches, get into shape, shape up, reduce, diet, go on a diet
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    1. 1.1with object Make (a person or part of the body) thinner, especially by dieting.
      ‘how can I slim down my hips?’
      • ‘His body was slimmed down for endurance, but he still had the muscles that bespoke several trips to the gym each week.’
      • ‘In response to that belief the food industry introduced thousands of new reduced fat products designed to slim waistlines.’
      • ‘And the tiny straps of her stiletto heels slimmed her already perfect pins to the ideal.’
      • ‘I am consistent with my eating habits and exercise routine but still cannot slim down my hips and thighs.’
      • ‘And the profits of some other multinationals have been hit as Americans try to slim their ever-expanding waistlines.’
      • ‘Women are reported to have liposuction to slim down tubby toes, or unsightly misshapen bones whittled smooth by laser.’
      • ‘Pop culture glamorizes their muscular bodies but, at the same time, is more preoccupied than ever with slimming women down to an impossible ideal.’
      • ‘Operations that shave jawbones to slim the face are also in demand throughout Southeast Asia.’
      • ‘Slimming your waist and hips will contribute to the illusion of broader shoulders.’
    2. 1.2with object Reduce (a business or other organization) to a smaller size in the hope of making it more efficient.
      ‘restructuring and slimming down the organization’
      • ‘Mrs Candler said books would remain important to the Discovery Centre, although the reference side might be slimmed down to reduce duplication.’
      • ‘The import and the significance of it, in fact, is deepening while the world seems to be bit by bit switching off or slimming down its view of this war.’
      • ‘In fact, the loss in value of equity holdings meant some funds needed to slim down their property portfolios.’
      • ‘Some of the big news sites tried coping by slimming down the size of their pages and adding servers, but this helped only marginally.’
      • ‘Sir Peter Gershon, who masterminded a recent report on slimming down the public sector, was a former senior executive in the defence and electronics industries.’
      • ‘Corporatisation has slimmed the size of the postal service and forced the closure of many old post offices.’
      • ‘Five boxes of business cards were slimmed down to three - two of mine, and one full of other people.’
      • ‘Therefore it may not be possible to slim down an area as much as you might like.’
      • ‘Chinese officials are likely to have noted that many foreign businesses have slimmed their operations or withdrawn altogether from the Chinese market, the sources said.’
      • ‘Kirchhof believes he can slim down or scrap more than 90,000 tax rules and 418 tax exemptions.’
      • ‘He wants to slim down the civil service to free money for extra spending on health, education, defence and housing.’
      • ‘Observers hope Mr Koizumi is more successful at slimming down the spending.’
      • ‘A better choice would be slimming down our immense private health-care bureaucracy and switching to a simpler single-payer system.’
      • ‘This allows you to turn off some features, hopefully slimming down the window manager for use on resource-limited systems.’
      • ‘Have the courage to slim down the size of the workforce.’
      • ‘The state is slimming down its provision of maintenance and social welfare for the poorest of the poor.’
      • ‘He said his aim was to slim down the targets to the essential ones, but refused to follow the Liberal Democrats and Tories, who argue they should be abolished altogether.’
      • ‘Hull Council is ‘top-heavy’ with bureaucracy and needs to be radically slimmed down, new council leader Ken Branson said yesterday.’
      • ‘Among other advantages, the authors note, is the ability to keep people further from harm's way and slim the size of the staff needed.’
      reduce, cut, cut back, cut down, make cutbacks in, scale down, trim, decrease, diminish, pare down, whittle away, prune
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noun

  • 1A course or period of slimming.

    ‘a sponsored slim’
    • ‘FAT friends have been given a tour around a hospice to see how cash raised from a sponsored slim will be used.’
    • ‘A sponsored slim in is taking place over Lent in aid of the Laois Hospice Foundation.’
    • ‘He says he will not be led into temptation as he embarks on a sponsored slim during the period of Lent.’
    • ‘Scores of money-raising efforts were organised - from raffling a pair of boxing gloves, to a women's sponsored slim.’
    • ‘Treasurer Helen Smith has been working steadily on a sponsored slim in preparation for a daring wing walk at Elvington Airfield on August Bank Holiday weekend.’
    • ‘All proceeds from the sponsored slim will be donated to the Cancer Society.’
    • ‘A good number of people are taking part in a sponsored slim in organised by a local charity.’
    • ‘By February the caring team had raised over £2,000 by doing a sponsored slim and holding a coffee morning.’
    • ‘Susan is also attempting a sponsored walk and Corinne and her husband, David, have started a sponsored slim.’
    • ‘But as it was just after Christmas, Mrs Millar decided to try a sponsored slim among the pupils' parents and it proved successful.’
    • ‘In the report, Mrs Wishick had announced she was doing a sponsored slim on behalf of the British Kidney Patient Association, of which Oliver is a member.’
    • ‘Anyone wishing to support the sponsored slim can phone Simon and Vicki.’
    • ‘She lost two stones over the course of a year for a sponsored slim that raised £320 for the hospital.’
    • ‘The priest lost 13 lb in a sponsored slim during the period of Lent.’
  • 2mass noun A term used in parts of Africa to refer to AIDS.

    • ‘Because of the severe weight-loss they called it Slim disease.’
    • ‘The virus that caused the syndrome that came to be known as AIDS, and that Ugandansrecognise as Slim, was only formally identified in 1984.’
    • ‘But their phenomenal wealth led them all into bad ways and the slim disease - Aids - has finally caught up with almost all of them.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Low German or Dutch (from a base meaning ‘slanting, cross, bad’), of Germanic origin. The pejorative sense found in Dutch and German existed originally in the English noun slim ‘lazy or worthless person’; compare with the South African usage ‘crafty, sly’ ( slim (sense 3 of the adjective)).

Pronunciation

slim

/slɪm/