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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Slim
  1. Worthless; bad.(Prov. Eng. & Scot)
  2. Weak; slight; unsubstantial; poor; as, a slim argument."That was a slimexcuse." [Barrow.]
  3. Of small diameter or thickness in proportion to the height or length; slender; as, a slim person; a slim tree.

Etymology: Formerly, bad, worthless, weak, slight, awry, fr. D. slim; akin to G. schlimm, MHG. slimp oblique, awry; of uncertain origin. The meaning of the English word seems to have been influenced by slender

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Take off weight
  2. Being of delicate or slender build ("a slim girl with straight blonde hair")
  3. Small in quantity ("a slim chance of winning")

From Dutch slim (“bad, sly, clever”), from Middle Dutch slim (“bad, crooked”), from Proto-Germanic *slimbaz (“oblique, crooked”). Compare Dutch slim (“smart, clever, crafty”) Middle High German slimp (“slanting, awry”), German schlimm (“bad”), West Frisian slim (“bad, dire”).

  1. A type of cigarette substantially longer and thinner than normal cigarettes.
    I only smoke .
  2. (East Africa, uncountable) AIDS, or the chronic wasting associated with its later stages.
  3. (slang, uncountable) Cocaine.

slim was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, and West Frisian

Notable Persons Named Slim

He was most prominent from 1946 to present. Slim was given the name Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. on June 29th, 1919 in Kingsburg, California, U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 8th, 1983.


Slim Thug is a hip hop music and gangsta rap musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1998. Slim was given the name Stayve Jerome Thomas on September 8th, 1980 in Houston, Texas, U.S.


Slim Whitman was a country music, folk music, and contemporary christian music musician. He was most active from 1948 to 2010. Slim was given the name Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr. on January 20th, 1923 in Tampa, Florida, US. Slim is also known as O. D. Whitman, Slim Whitman, and The smiling starduster. He died on June 19th, 2013.


Slim is also known as Slim and Tall Man.


Slim Dusty was an australian country music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1945 to 2003. Slim was given the name David Gordon Kirkpatrick on June 13th, 1927 in Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia. He died on September 19th, 2003.


Slim Jim Phantom is a rockabilly, rock, roll, and psychobilly musician. He was most prominent from 1979 to present. Slim was given the name James McDonnell on March 21st, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. Slim is also known as Slim Jim Phantom.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Slim

Carlos Slim is a chairman & ceo of telmex, américa móvil, samsung mexico, grupo carso, telmex, samsung, chairman & ceo oftelmex, and samsung mexicoandgrupo carso. Carlos was given the name Carlos Slim Helú on January 28th, 1940 in Mexico City, Mexico.


Norman Cook/Fatboy Slim is a musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to present. Norman was given the name Quentin Leo Cook on July 31st, 1963 in Bromley, Kent, England. Norman is also known as Fatboy Slim, others. See pseudonym section, and others.See pseudonym section.


The Viscount Slim was a Governor-General of Australia. His military service ended in 1948. The was born on August 6th, 1891 in Bishopston, Bristol. He died on December 14th, 1970.


Soulja Slim was a hardcore hip hop, gangsta rap, and southern hip hop rapping and songwriter. His career lasted from 1992 to 2003. Soulja was given the name James Adarryl Tapp, Jr. on September 9th, 1977 in New Orleans. Soulja is also known as Magnolia Slim, Soulja Slim, Tapp, James, and Jr. (birth name). He passed away on November 26th, 2003.


Amarillo Slim is a poker player.


Memphis Slim was a blues musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1930 to 1980. Memphis was given the name John Len Chatman on September 3rd, 1915 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Memphis is also known as Peter Chatman. He died on February 24th, 1988.


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Popularity of Slim as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Slim U.S.
  White 26.45% 64.26%
  African American 3.25% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.70% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 61.48% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.51% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.61% 16.26%

Of Last Name Slim

People with the last name Slim are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Slim

  • How Popular is the name Slim? Slim is the 69,416th most popular name of all time. As a last name Slim was the 27,845th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Slim have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 12 babies born with the first name Slim in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Slim? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1904 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Slim first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Slim is Thursday, December 25th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Slim born? The highest recorded use of the first name Slim was in 1918 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Slim: Your name in reverse order is Mils. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lsim. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Slim? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 862 people with the last name Slim.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Slim? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Slim as their last name since less than 1 person in 345k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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