Old English trymman
- (transitive) to reduce slightly; to cut; especially, to remove excess; e.g. 'trim a hedge', 'trim a beard'.
- Place the screen material in the frame, secure it in place, and trim the edges.
- The company trimmed jobs for the second time this year.
- (transitive) to decorate or adorn; especially, to decorate a Christmas tree
- They traditionally trim the tree on Christmas Eve.
- (transitive, nautical) To modify the angle of a vessel to the water by shifting cargo or ballast; to adjust for sailing; to assume, or cause a vessel to assume, a certain position, or trim, in the water. (FM 55-501).
- (transitive, nautical) To modify the angle of a vessel's sails relative to the wind, especially to set the sails to the most advantageous angle.
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trim (plural trims)
- (uncountable) decoration; especially, decoration placed along edges or borders
- Paint the house white with blue trim.
- (countable) a haircut, especially a moderate one to touch up an existing style
- I went to the hairdresser for a trim and came back nearly bald.
- (uncountable) the manner in which something is equipped or adorned; especially, of a car
- The car comes in three different trims.
- (uncountable, slang, mildly vulgar) sexual intercourse
- (nautical) The fore-and-aft angle of the vessel to the water, with reference to the cargo and ballast; the manner in which a vessel floats on the water, whether on an even keel or down by the head or stern
- (nautical) The arrangement of the sails with reference to the wind.
- physically fit
- He goes jogging every day to keep trim.
- slender, lean; as a trim figure
- neat or smart in appearance; as a trim lawn
trim (not comparable)
Usage notes 
- More often used in combinations, eg, "trim-sailed".
From Proto-Albanian *trim-, from Proto-Indo-European *ter- 'soft, weak, young'. Cognate to Sanscrit तरुण (táruṇa, “young”) and Armenian թարմ (t‘arm, “young, fresh”). Alternatively from Proto-Indo-European *trem-, *trems- 'to thump; to tremble'. Compare Latin tremō (“tremble”), Lithuanian trìmti (“shake, tremble”), Tocharian A tröm (“in rage, fury”) and Tocharian B tremi (“rage, fury”).
- ^ Albanische Etymologien (Untersuchungen zum albanischen Erbwortschatz), Bardhyl Demiraj, Leiden Studies in Indo-European 7; Amsterdam - Atlanta 1997
- ^ “Indogermanisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch”, J. Pokorny, 1959, Bern : Francke, pp. 1092