Definition of slim in English:

slim

adjective

  • 1(of a person or their build) gracefully thin; slenderly built (used approvingly)

    ‘her slim figure’
    ‘the girls were tall and slim’
    • ‘Her dress was straight out of a fairytale, with its light, graceful layers that served to accentuate the woman's slim build.’
    • ‘But if you're slim and trim, then you can have a blast.’
    • ‘His accomplice was white, 5ft 9in, of slim build and in his 20s.’
    • ‘His skin was very pale and he was slim and not built up at all.’
    • ‘She was slim, and wearing figure hugging black trousers and an elbow length wine coloured top.’
    • ‘I was built with very small bones, resulting in my slim figure.’
    • ‘But if that's the case how come you are so slim and slender?’
    • ‘He was slim to medium build, with cropped, mousy brown hair and spoke with a local accent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was slim and strong, built like a rapier and just as fast.’
    • ‘The other was slightly shorter at 5ft 8in tall and of slim build.’
    • ‘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 male is described as of thin build, slim features, 6ft, short brown hair, early 30s, wearing a long, black scruffy coat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One was slim build, with short dark hair and 5ft 9ins tall.’
    • ‘Her figure was slim and pretty, her fingers slender and graceful as she steadfastly worked at her stitching.’
    • ‘He is about 5ft 4in tall, of slim build, with a thin face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was slim but not thin, and her golden skin seemed to glow in the candlelight.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead, a slim band marks and secures the precise joining of the vessel's single sheet of bent brass at the front.’
      • ‘Trousers are slim and close to the leg, slightly flaring at the shoe.’
      • ‘She gave a sigh of disgust, her eyes narrowing behind her slim glasses.’
      • ‘She wore a slim gold band around her head, a white tunic, and jeans and boots.’
      • ‘He gave her a slim gold band that once belonged to his mother, and she gave him violets, her favorite flower.’
      • ‘Both ladies were wearing slim gold circlets studded with diamonds, which marked them as princesses.’
      • ‘She wore slim rectangular, gold glasses that were at the end of her nose.’
      • ‘Most satisfying is that each image is a gem with only a slim band of white space separating one from another.’
      • ‘He grabbed it and unsheathed it, admiring the slim silver blade and the connoisseur smith who had shaped it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Several of the more modern ornaments are elegant in form and shape and can be stylishly worn on a slim chain around the neck.’
      • ‘Even in the winter of his years, he maintained his slim necktie, suspicious glances, overall decency and a peculiar use of his fedora onstage.’
      • ‘I slid a slim silver band off of my left ring finger.’
      • ‘There's more body movement, though - the hand on the chin is a favourite, showing off the unflashy watch and slim wedding band.’
      • ‘This combination of materials was just not conducive to the slim shape that was needed to smoothly penetrate the ocean of air.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As he does, Martina opens the box, revealing a slim, white gold ring.’
      • ‘Leonard combines these shapes with slim rectangles of varying sizes that seem to trim or buttress the larger shapes.’
      • ‘New recruits should opt for slim ties - narrow to medium-narrow width.’
      • ‘Putting the cloth aside, she held a slim, gold hilted sword in her hand.’
    2. 1.2(of a garment) cut on slender lines; designed to make the wearer appear slim.
      ‘a pair of slim, immaculately cut slacks’
      • ‘She was in a tight, slim coat, with legs as long as my body, and she had high cheekbones and perfect straight hair.’
      • ‘A slim satin trousersuit appeared to have been stitched from a rising sun flag.’
      • ‘So try to keep the silhouettes simple with full-cut shirts tucked into slim pants or pencil skirts.’
      • ‘His styles were luxurious, with credits to the 1950s in slim suits and dresses, and wide picture hats.’
      • ‘Just so you know, slim suits look fine, but tight suits lean toward the tacky side. starching your shirt’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's not just her look - wraparound pearlescent shades, ponytail, simple white T shirt with slim jeans.’
      • ‘Concealed beneath the dress were slim black slippers, and thin gold bands glinted on wrists and fingers.’
      • ‘Fall's slim coat has a retro feel that works well with the season's more refined and polished looks.’
      • ‘She wore a plain dress of gold, which was slim but not skin-tight.’
      • ‘Big, poufed dresses can be overpowering on a tall woman, and very slim dresses can make you look even taller.’
      • ‘Aimed at a more mature woman, there were plenty of slim skirts teamed with jackets and T-shirts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dress was slim and had a small slit at the back.’
    3. 1.3(of a business or other organization) reduced to a smaller size in the hope that it will become more efficient.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have not got a figure but we know at the end of the three years we will have to be a slimmer organisation.’
  • 2(of something abstract, especially a chance or margin) very small.

    ‘there was just a slim chance of success’
    ‘the evidence is slim’
    • ‘As stated above, the potential for the development of delta agonists into clinically useful agents for the treatment of severe pain appears 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.’
    • ‘Having said that, the chances of finding any such gold are slim.’
    • ‘She has a slim chance of success, yet the financial world is slowly replacing their faith in her appeal.’
    • ‘The prospects of agreement on a devolution package in the near future appear slim, however.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chances are slim that any change would be made.’
    • ‘But the chances that his diet caused his narrowed arteries are slim to none.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But realistically the pair have only a slim chance of medal success in that final.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, the prospects for discontinuous, disruptive change appear slim.’
    • ‘The likelihood of that appeared very slim in a country where the president and prime minister regularly exchange public insults.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oakenshaw only fielded five players, which is never a good tactic, and their hopes of surviving the drop appear slim.’
    • ‘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.’
    slight, small, slender, faint, feeble, poor, flimsy, tenuous, fragile, negligible, marginal, minimal
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Make oneself thinner by dieting and sometimes exercising.

    ‘I need to slim down a bit’
    ‘an aid to slimming’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said her weight loss had inspired her to get to work and help other people to slim down.’
    • ‘At home I have big vats of cabbage soup that I make to slim down.’
    • ‘But if you want to slim down, consider some additional ways to reduce your fat intake.’
    • ‘Sometimes a jockey is unable to slim down to the weight allocated to a particular horse.’
    • ‘He'd begun to slim down just before he was cast in Hercules and had to quickly put that process into reverse.’
    • ‘He was told by Davis to slim down by the next minicamp, which was held last week.’
    • ‘Again it took three months of sweat to slim down to Air Force standards.’
    • ‘If they don't slim down by age 20, their life expectancy will drop by up to 20 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For anyone trying to slim down, a body-fat test is a better way to monitor progress than the scale is.’
    • ‘And overweight people have to decide for themselves whether they want to slim down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A nutrition expert slammed the ‘lose weight’ order saying the pop world had gone mad if the girls had been told to slim down.’
    • ‘She had bought a gown three sizes too small hoping to slim down to fit it.’
    • ‘With half of all Britons overweight, the government's plan to get us to slim down looks like a daunting task.’
    • ‘Huezo's husband has a grapefruit-sized lump in his stomach where he had injections to slim down.’
    • ‘Good nutrition is crucial when you're attempting to slim down.’
    • ‘Then a new job as a spa chef in Hawaii motivated her to slim down.’
    • ‘Take some omega - 3 supplements before your daily workout, and you may slim down.’
    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. 1.1[with object]Make (a person or a bodily part) thinner.
      ‘how can I slim down my hips?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In response to that belief the food industry introduced thousands of new reduced fat products designed to slim waistlines.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His body was slimmed down for endurance, but he still had the muscles that bespoke several trips to the gym each week.’
      • ‘Slimming your waist and hips will contribute to the illusion of broader shoulders.’
      • ‘Women are reported to have liposuction to slim down tubby toes, or unsightly misshapen bones whittled smooth by laser.’
      • ‘And the tiny straps of her stiletto heels slimmed her already perfect pins to the ideal.’
    2. 1.2[with 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’
      • ‘Five boxes of business cards were slimmed down to three - two of mine, and one full of other people.’
      • ‘A better choice would be slimming down our immense private health-care bureaucracy and switching to a simpler single-payer system.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mrs Candler said books would remain important to the Discovery Centre, although the reference side might be slimmed down to reduce duplication.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Therefore it may not be possible to slim down an area as much as you might like.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, the loss in value of equity holdings meant some funds needed to slim down their property portfolios.’
      • ‘The state is slimming down its provision of maintenance and social welfare for the poorest of the poor.’
      • ‘Observers hope Mr Koizumi is more successful at slimming down the spending.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of the big news sites tried coping by slimming down the size of their pages and adding servers, but this helped only marginally.’
      • ‘Kirchhof believes he can slim down or scrap more than 90,000 tax rules and 418 tax exemptions.’
      • ‘Corporatisation has slimmed the size of the postal service and forced the closure of many old post offices.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He wants to slim down the civil service to free money for extra spending on health, education, defence and housing.’

noun

  • African term for AIDS
    • ‘The virus that caused the syndrome that came to be known as AIDS, and that Ugandansrecognise as Slim, was only formally identified in 1984.’
    • ‘Because of the severe weight-loss they called it Slim disease.’
    • ‘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.

Pronunciation:

slim

/slim/