adjective (slimmer, slimmest)
- He was slim to medium build, with cropped, mousy brown hair and spoke with a local accent.
- He was slim and strong, built like a rapier and just as fast.
- His skin was very pale and he was slim and not built up at all.
- 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.
- New recruits should opt for slim ties - narrow to medium-narrow width.
- 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.
- Fall's slim coat has a retro feel that works well with the season's more refined and polished looks.
- Just so you know, slim suits look fine, but tight suits lean toward the tacky side. starching your shirt
- His styles were luxurious, with credits to the 1950s in slim suits and dresses, and wide picture hats.
- 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.
- She has a slim chance of success, yet the financial world is slowly replacing their faith in her appeal.
- 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.
- Most English Catholics were appalled by news of the plot, realizing the slim chance of success, and that failure would lead to further repression.
verb (slims, slimming, slimmed)[no object] British Back to top
- With half of all Britons overweight, the government's plan to get us to slim down looks like a daunting task.
- 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.
- His body was slimmed down for endurance, but he still had the muscles that bespoke several trips to the gym each week.
- Pop culture glamorizes their muscular bodies but, at the same time, is more preoccupied than ever with slimming women down to an impossible ideal.
- And the tiny straps of her stiletto heels slimmed her already perfect pins to the ideal.
- Some of the big news sites tried coping by slimming down the size of their pages and adding servers, but this helped only marginally.
- Mrs Candler said books would remain important to the Discovery Centre, although the reference side might be slimmed down to reduce duplication.
- Five boxes of business cards were slimmed down to three - two of mine, and one full of other people.
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- The priest lost 13 lb in a sponsored slim during the period of Lent.
- He says he will not be led into temptation as he embarks on a sponsored slim during the period of Lent.
- 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.
- But their phenomenal wealth led them all into bad ways and the slim disease - Aids - has finally caught up with almost all of them.
- 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.
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' (sense 3 of the adjective).
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- The slimly built local lad is in the form of his life and with each outing he seems to improve.
- He is tall, refined, slimly athletic, and from old money.
- The slimly built paceman bowled lengthy spells without compromising on his intensity, and struck a few key blows.
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- And doctors who can't trust would-be slimmers to tell the truth will be able to analyse their diet - fondant fancies and all - before they've even had a chance to enjoy it.
- The slimmers took part in a weekly weigh-in, and attended lunchtime clubs, which gave them the opportunity to support each other, exchange tips, share recipes and gain motivation.
- Nutrition experts also warned that slimmers who turn their back on the traditional staple in favour of more exotic carbohydrates are also in danger of depriving themselves of vitamin C.
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- Like strength to an ancient hunter and productivity to an ancient woman, slimness to a modern woman reflects self-control, self-sacrifice and good taste.
- Wise beyond his years he may be, but in terms of physique, the 21-year-old Scot knows there is some way to go before the slimness of adolescence is replaced by the muscular body of the big hitters.
- We live in an age when beauty is associated with slimness, and women everywhere are spending their money and expending their energies on trying to achieve this fashion ideal.