Origin of slimeMiddle English from Old English slim, akin to German schleim from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)lei-, slimy: see slide
transitive verbslimed, slim′ing
- to cover with slime
- to clean slime from
- A thick, sticky, slippery substance.
- Biology A mucous substance secreted by certain animals, such as catfishes and slugs.
- Soft moist earth; mud.
- A slurry containing very fine particulate matter.
- Vile or disgusting matter.
- Slang A despicable or repulsive person.
transitive verbslimed, slim·ing, slimes
- To smear with slime.
- To remove slime from (fish to be canned, for example).
- To vilify or malign (someone), especially publicly.
Origin of slimeMiddle English from Old English slīm ; see lei- in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- Any mucilaginous substance; or a mucus-like substance which exudes from the bodies of certain animals, such as snails or slugs.
(third-person singular simple present slimes, present participle sliming, simple past and past participle slimed)
From Old English slÄ«m, from Proto-Germanic. Cognates include Dutch slijm, German Schleim (“mucus, slime"), also see Latin limus (“mud"), Ancient Greek Î»Î¯Î¼Î½Î· (lÃmnÄ“, “marsh").