Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Small in girth or thickness in proportion to height or length; slender.
  • adj. Small in quantity or amount; meager: slim chances of success.
  • transitive v. To become or make slim.
  • transitive v. To lose or cause to lose weight, as by dieting or exercise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Slender, thin.
  • adj. Very small, tiny.
  • adj. Sly, crafty.
  • n. A type of cigarette substantially longer and thinner than normal cigarettes
  • n. AIDS, or the chronic wasting associated with its later stages
  • n. Cocaine; white lady.
  • v. To lose weight in order to achieve slimness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Worthless; bad.
  • adj. Weak; slight; unsubstantial; poor.
  • adj. Of small diameter or thickness in proportion to the height or length; slender

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Thin; slender: as, a slim waist.
  • Hence Slight; flimsy; unsubstantial: as, slim work.
  • Delicate; feeble.
  • Slight; weak; trivial.
  • Meager; small: as, a slim chance.
  • Worthless; bad; wicked.
  • SynonymsLank, gaunt, meager.
  • To scamp one's work; do work in a careless, superficial manner.
  • n. A Middle English form of slime.
  • Cunning; crafty; tricky.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. small in quantity
  • adj. being of delicate or slender build
  • v. take off weight

Etymologies

Dutch, bad, sly, from Middle Dutch slimp, slim, bad, crooked.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch slim ("bad, sly, clever"), from Middle Dutch slim ("bad, crooked"), from Proto-Germanic *slembaz (“oblique, crooked”). Compare Middle High German slimp ("slanting, awry") (German schlimm ("bad")). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They said it would be possible to write what one called a 'slim' contract of 6-8 pages that laid out essential provisions: due process, some say in hiring, a role in evaluation, a role in developing curricula and assessments, and other professional issues.

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  • He got himself the proper clothing and his first racing bike—a Mercier—which he described as a slim, elegant road bike, and jumped into his first triathlon with no previous experience or specific training.

    LANCE ARMSTRONG

  • Aged 14, he decided he preferred the English word "slim" to being called "spaghetti" or other French insults.

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  • Let the infighting begin. anytimecowboy: This is amazing, the GOP has no front runner for jamerican negril 1 minute ago (10:32 AM) i can't wait until the televised teaKKKlan "debates" when they tear int0 0ne an0ther! jamerican_negril: i can't wait until the televised teaKKKlan "debates" when they Petey131 8 minutes ago (10:25 AM) The word "slim" is no where to be found in this t00l... akrazyrunner 12 minutes ago (10:21 AM) You mean the Governor elected with less than 50% of the vote in an off year election with an "Independe ­nt" spoiler in the race in somehow unpopular?

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  • It was already taking a toll in Africa, where it was called slim disease.

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  • Barrak Obama has two changes to win in 2012 Slim and None and slim is voting Republican.

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  • I am not saying that you should not be interested in slim people.

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  • At Lane Bryant, narrow-cut "skinny jeans" sell well, but are called "slim."

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  • Even in slim women, exercise can help reduce the cancer risk by converting more of the body's fat into muscle.

    Experts: One-third of breast cancer cases avoidable

  • Of course the President would have looked nicer in slim jeans, but the important thing is that he should be comfortable on his free time and he looked good to me.

    'I'm a little frumpy,' Obama says

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  • I love the way this word feels in my mouth - along with slit and slip.

    August 10, 2008