- The property of being trim.
- The lawn's trimness impressed the home and garden award committee.
Variant of trim
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
to adjust one's opinions, actions, expenditures, etc. to meet changing conditions