- The definition of trim is neat in appearance or in excellent physical shape.
- An example of trim is a clean shaven face.
- An example of trim is a lean and muscular person.
- Trim is defined as material used for decoration.
An example of trim is garland around the Christmas tree.
- Trim means to remove, cut or decorate.
An example of to trim is to shorten the stems of flowers.
A woman trims flowers to make an arrangement.
transitive verbtrimmed, trimming
- Obsolete to prepare; fit out; dress
- to put in proper order; make neat or tidy, esp. by clipping, lopping, etc.: to trim one's mustache
- to clip, lop, cut, etc.: often with off: to trim dead branches off a tree
- to cut (something) down to the required size or shape
- to decorate or embellish as by adding ornaments, contrasting materials, etc.: to trim a Christmas tree
- to arrange an attractive display of merchandise in or on: to trim a store window
- to balance (a ship) by ballasting, shifting cargo, etc.
- to put (sails or yards) in order for sailing
- to balance (a flying aircraft) by adjusting stabilizers, tabs, etc.
- to modify according to expediency; adjust; adapt
- to scold; chide; rebuke
- to beat, punish, thrash, etc.
- to defeat decisively
- to cheat
Origin of trimvia Middle English dialect, dialectal ; from Old English trymman, to make firm, set in order, array ; from trum, strong, firm: for Indo-European base see tree
- to change one's opinions or viewpoint so as to satisfy opposing factions, etc.; keep a middle-of-the-road policy; compromise
- to change one's opinions or viewpoint opportunistically
- to keep in balance: said of a ship
- to keep a ship in balance, as by adjusting the sails or yards
- order; arrangement; condition: in proper trim
- good condition or order: to keep in trim for sports
- equipment; gear; dress
- a trimming by clipping, cutting, etc.
- ☆ window dressing
- ☆ decorative molding or borders, esp. around windows and doors
- ☆ the interior furnishings or the exterior ornamental metalwork of an automobile
- any ornamental trimming: a dress with lace trim
- the condition of being ready to sail: said of a ship
- the position of a ship in the water in relation to the horizontal, esp. a fore-and-aft horizontal axis
- correct position in the water: a ship is if stable and floating on an even keel, if not
- the difference between the draft of a ship forward and the draft aft
- the adjustment of the sails or yards in managing a ship
- the degree of buoyancy of a submarine
- the position of an airplane in relation to a fore-and-aft horizontal axis
- something that is trimmed, as a section of film () cut out in editing
- Obsolete character (of a person)
- orderly; neat; tidy
- well-proportioned; smartly designed
- in good condition
trim one's sails
verbtrimmed trimmed, trim·ming, trims
- To make neat or tidy by clipping, smoothing, or pruning: trimmed his moustache; trimmed the hedges.
- a. To remove the excess or unwanted parts from: trimmed the pie crust; trimmed the budget.b. To remove (excess or unwanted parts): trimmed the rotten wood; trimmed the fat from the budget.c. To lose (weight or fat) deliberately, as by exercise or dieting.
- a. To decorate, especially by adding a border or contrasting element: trim a blouse.b. To arrange with display items: trim a store window.
- Informal a. To thrash; beat.b. To defeat soundly: trimmed their opponents in the first game.c. To cheat out of money: trimmed him of every dollar he had.d. To rebuke; scold.
- Nautical a. To adjust (the sails and yards) so that they receive the wind properly.b. To balance (a ship) by shifting its cargo or contents.
- To balance (an aircraft) in flight by regulating the control surfaces and tabs.
- Nautical a. To be in or retain equilibrium.b. To make sails and yards ready for sailing.
- a. To affect or maintain cautious neutrality.b. To fashion one's views for momentary popularity or advantage.
- To lose weight deliberately. Often used with down.
- a. A cutting or clipping to make neat: My hair needs a trim.b. An excess or unwanted part that has been removed: cut off the trim.
- a. State of order, arrangement, or appearance; condition: in good trim.b. A condition of good health or fitness: keeping her body in trim.
- a. Exterior ornamentation, such as moldings or framework, on a building or vehicle.b. Decoration or ornament, as for clothing.c. Material used in commercial window displays.
- often trims Excised or rejected material, such as film that has been cut in editing.
- Nautical a. The readiness of a vessel for sailing with regard to ballast, sails, and yards.b. The balance of a ship.c. The difference between the draft at the bow and at the stern.
- The position of an aircraft relative to its horizontal axis.
- a. In good or neat order.b. In good physical condition; fit; slim: a trim figure.
- Having lines, edges, or forms of neat and pleasing simplicity.
Origin of trimMiddle English trimmen, to make firm, from Old English trymman, from trum, strong; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present trims, present participle trimming, simple past and past participle trimmed)
- To reduce slightly; to cut; especially, to remove excess; e.g. 'trim a hedge', 'trim a beard'.
- Place the screen material in the frame, secure it in place, and trim the edges.
- The company trimmed jobs for the second time this year.
- To decorate or adorn; especially, to decorate a Christmas tree.
- They traditionally trim the tree on Christmas Eve.
- (nautical) To modify the angle of a vessel to the water by shifting cargo or ballast; to adjust for sailing; to assume, or cause a vessel to assume, a certain position, or trim, in the water. (FM 55-501).
- (nautical) To modify the angle of a vessel's sails relative to the wind, especially to set the sails to the most advantageous angle.
- (dated) To balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to favour each.
- To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to make right, neat, or pleasing; to adjust.
- (carpentry) To dress (timber); to make smooth.
- (dated) To rebuke; to reprove; also, to beat.
- (uncountable) Decoration; especially, decoration placed along edges or borders.
- Paint the house white with blue trim.
- (countable) A haircut, especially a moderate one to touch up an existing style.
- I went to the hairdresser for a trim but came back nearly bald.
- Dress; gear; ornaments.
- (countable) The manner in which something is equipped or adorned; order; disposition.
- The car comes in three different trims.
- to be in good trim
- (uncountable, slang, mildly vulgar) Sexual intercourse.
- (nautical) The fore-and-aft angle of the vessel to the water, with reference to the cargo and ballast; the manner in which a vessel floats on the water, whether on an even keel or down by the head or stern.
- (nautical) The arrangement of the sails with reference to the wind.
(comparative trimmer, superlative trimmest)
- (nautical) In good order, properly managed or maintained.
- (nautical) With sails well trimmed.
- More often used in combinations, eg, "trim-sailed".
Old English trymman