from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or sport of skiing in a zigzag course.
  • n. A race on skis or in vehicles along such a course, laid out with markers such as flags.
  • intransitive v. To race in or as if in a slalom.
  • intransitive v. To waterski using a single ski designed so the feet are secured one behind the other.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sport of skiing in a zigzag course through gates. (Often used attributively)
  • n. Any similar activity on other vehicles, including canoes and water skis.
  • n. A course used for the sport of slalom.
  • n. A race or competition wherein participants each perform the sport of slalom.
  • v. To race in a slalom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a downhill race over a winding course defined by upright poles
  • v. race on skis around obstacles


Norwegian slalåm : slad, sloping + låm, path.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Norwegian sla ("steep, hill side") and låm ("trail"). (Wiktionary)


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  • Ah, slalom... I like 'em.

    February 26, 2010

  • *note to self: always say it like this: sla-LOM*

    February 26, 2010

  • Sh(l)alom, y'all.

    February 26, 2010

  • *note to self: use this word today*
    *and tomorrow*
    *and possibly the day after too*

    rt: Ha! New Winter Olympic event?

    February 26, 2010

  • What I'd really like to see is a Salami Slalom event.

    February 26, 2010

  • I like this word! I like the mouthfeel, and I like using it to describe all sorts of erratic movement. Watch as I slalom though the milling horde in the direction of the bar. See the toddler slalom through the gaggle of geese!

    February 26, 2010

  • And make sure you don't hit the Jewish people as you're coming around the curve.

    February 26, 2010

  • I tried that. It still blows.

    February 26, 2010

  • You need to say it sla-LOM as if you were zig-zagging around Jewish people.

    February 25, 2010

  • This word is hideous. Hideous. And vile.

    February 25, 2010