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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Dutch
Origin: 'bad, of low quality'

slim

1 adjective
     
slim1 S3 comparative slimmer, superlative slimmest
1 someone who is slim is attractively thin [= slender]:
a slim young woman
a slim waist
see usage note thin1
2 very small in amount or number [= slender]:
There's only a slim chance that anyone survived the crash.
The Republicans held a slim majority in the Senate.
3 not wide or thick:
a slim volume of poetry
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thin, slim, skinny, slender, lean, slight
Thin is a general word meaning that someone has little fat on their body. It is usually, but not always, disapproving He's much too thin. Teenage girls all seem to want to be thin.Slim means thin in an attractive way her lovely slim figureSkinny is a fairly informal word meaning very thin, which is usually disapproving ridiculously skinny modelsSlender, lean, and slight are used mostly in written English.Slender means thin in an attractive and graceful way long slender legsLean means thin and looking strong and fit a tall, lean athleteSlight means thin and delicate-looking Her brother was very slight and looked younger than he was.See also thin

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