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”).
- Of or pertaining to slime
- resembling, of the nature of, covered or daubed with, or abounding in slime
- 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere:
- Slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.
- (slang, figurative) Friendly in a false, calculating way; underhanded; 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."
slimy (plural slimies)
- A ponyfish.