Definition of slimy in US English:


adjectiveslimiest, slimier

  • 1Covered by or having the feel or consistency of slime.

    ‘the thick, slimy mud’
    ‘the walls were slimy with lichens’
    • ‘She stretched the way that a cat does, edging her pale arms through the slimy, greasy mess we left behind.’
    • ‘Consequently, there was a slimy, slippery area right at the entrance to the main operating room.’
    • ‘The walls of the streamway were covered in slimy mud and the water was dark and cloudy with peat.’
    • ‘She could feel some kind of sticky slimy ooze running through her fingers.’
    • ‘And if you carry the peel with you, you've got to deal with a slippery, slimy wet thing.’
    • ‘His skin was patchy and faded, and there seemed to be a faint coating of some sort of slimy gel covering most of his body.’
    • ‘The freezing water, oozy and slimy with horse saliva, encompassed her body like a gooey envelope.’
    • ‘The water flows over slimy rock that tilts the wrong way: down to the canyon.’
    • ‘There are many packets of pumpkin seeds, sticky bottles of flax oil, dehydrating apricots and slimy salad in kitchens up and down the land.’
    • ‘There was a twenty foot long trap door that led to a pit filled with muddy, slimy water.’
    • ‘The cells of rhodophytes are commonly covered by a slimy outer sheath.’
    • ‘The windows were cracked and covered in cobwebs, dirt, and various other slimy materials.’
    • ‘I risked a peek, then hugged the dirt again, mud and slimy leaves rubbing against me.’
    • ‘The floor, tables, and several unlucky humans were covered in slimy green webbing.’
    • ‘No swamp should be drained, no stream covered with concrete and turned into a green slimy drain.’
    • ‘She pulled her fist back and saw that it was covered in a slimy clear residue of some sort.’
    • ‘Suddenly a piece of slimy seaweed wraps itself around his leg.’
    • ‘The view was of a hilly allotment site with sheds and a railway station, and slimy, furrowed mud.’
    • ‘Mr. Mixson went on to tell me the feral pigs were almost swimming in mud that was covered in slimy green algae.’
    • ‘She stared at him in a moment of shock, then grabbed handful of slimy mud and shoved it into his face.’
    slippery, slithery, greasy, oozy, muddy, mucky, sludgy, miry
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    1. 1.1informal Disgustingly immoral, dishonest, or obsequious.
      ‘he was a slimy people-pleaser’
      • ‘Even by the standards of the Victorians, who had a pretty high tolerance level for toadying, this is slimy stuff.’
      • ‘Even though he is not being sacked, it realistically means the end to his slimy crawl up the political ladder.’
      • ‘Lars is slippery and slimy, but he still runs into doors sometimes when he's not paying attention.’
      • ‘This latest daft row is yet another example of the slimy politics which disfigure racing, and there's a lot worse to come.’
      • ‘You cut off one slimy social, economic or political head and two grow back in its place.’
      obsequious, sycophantic, excessively deferential, subservient, fawning, toadying, ingratiating, unctuous, oily, oleaginous, greasy, reptilian, grovelling, cringing, toadyish, sycophantish, slavish, abject, craven, humble, uriah heepish, self-abasing
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