slimy

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English slīmiġ (slimy), equivalent to slime +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch slijmig, slijmerig (slimy), German schleimig (slimy), Swedish slemmig (slimy).

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Adjective[edit]

slimy (comparative slimier, superlative slimiest)

  1. Of or pertaining to, resembling, of the nature of, covered or daubed with, yielding, abounding in slime; viscous; glutinous.
    Slimy things did crawl with legs
    Upon the slimy sea. —Coleridge.
  2. (slang, figuratively) friendly in a false, calculating way; underhanded; sneaky.

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Noun[edit]

slimy (plural slimies)

  1. A ponyfish.