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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , slime , slyme , slim , from slym Old English , from slīm Proto-Germanic , from *slīmą Proto-Indo-European *sley- ( “ smooth; slick; sticky; slimy ” ). Cognates include Danish , slim Saterland Frisian , Sliem Dutch , slijm German Schleim ( “ mucus, slime ” ), Latin limus ( “ mud ” ), Ancient Greek λίμνη ( límnē, “ marsh ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
slime ( , countable and uncountable plural )
Soft, moist earth or clay, having an
adhesive quality; viscous mud; any substance of a dirty nature, that is moist, soft, and adhesive; bitumen; mud containing metallic ore, obtained in the preparatory dressing.
c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “ The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies ( [ … ] First Folio), London: [ … ] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act II, scene vii]: OCLC 606515358 As it [the Nile] ebbs, the seedsman / Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain. Any
mucilaginous substance; or a mucus-like substance which exudes from the bodies of certain animals, such as snails or slugs.
( informal , derogatory ) A sneaky, unethical person; a slimeball.
2005, G. E. Nordell, Backlot Requiem: A Rick Walker Mystery
If this guy knows who killed Robert, the right thing to do is to tell the police. If he doesn't know, really, then he's an opportunistic slime. It's still blackmail.
( fantasy , video games ) A monster having the form of a slimy blob.
2006, Lawrence Wright, Character Design for Mobile Devices , Gulf Professional Publishing,  , page 8: →ISBN This is a nameless blue slime, drawn by Chris Hildenbrand, for a role playing game (RPG) that was never released.
( figuratively , obsolete ) Human flesh, seen disparagingly; mere human form.
( obsolete ) ( Jew’s slime ).
bitumen 1611, ( The Holy Bible, [ … ] King James Version), London: [ … ] Robert Barker, [ … ] , , OCLC 964384981 Genesis 11:3: And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. ( African-American Vernacular , MTE ) A friend; a homie.
Synonyms [ edit ]
( any substance of a dirty nature ) : sludge
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Translations [ edit ]
mucilaginous substance or mucus-like substance
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слізь f ( slizʹ ), шлам m ( šlam ), іл m ( il ) Bulgarian:
слуз m ( sluz ) Burmese:
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glaire (fr) , f bave (fr) f ( for a mollusc ; lit. "drool" ) Galician:
garro , m goldro , m mormo , m baba (gl) f Georgian:
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poltiglia (it) f Japanese: スライム ( suraimu ), ぬめり ( numeri ), 滑り ( ぬめり, numeri )
slime ( third-person singular simple present , slimes present participle , sliming simple past and past participle )
( transitive ) To coat with slime.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess :  ‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’
( transitive , figuratively ) To besmirch or disparage. To carve (fish), removing the offal.
1999, Dana Stabenow, So Sure of Death, page 20: If so, this job was better than sliming salmon any day. 2013, William B. McCloskey, Raiders: A Novel, : →ISBN You and me bunked in that dorm on the hill, remember? And slimed fish under that tin roof down there.
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