slimy

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English slymy, slimi, either derived from the noun Old English slīm or an unattested *slīmiġ, replacing Old English slipig (slippy). Equivalent to slime +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch slijmig, slijmerig (slimy), German schleimig (slimy; smarmy), Swedish slemmig (slimy).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈslaɪ.mi/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪmi

Adjective[edit]

slimy (comparative slimier, superlative slimiest)

  1. Of or pertaining to slime
  2. resembling, of the nature of, covered or daubed with, or abounding in slime
    The frog's body was all slimy.
    Synonyms: viscous, glutinous
    • 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere:
      Slimy things did crawl with legs
      Upon the slimy sea.
  3. (slang, figuratively) Friendly in a false, calculating way; underhanded; two-faced; sneaky; slick; smarmy.
    • 1994, Jim Ranie, Jargodin: The Moonlighter, Brisbane: Jim Ranie, page 83:
      "I looked at this moon-faced, smooth skinned, slimy fraud, with his patronising smile."

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Noun[edit]

slimy (plural slimies)

  1. A ponyfish.

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