Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make neat or tidy by clipping, smoothing, or pruning.
  • intransitive verb To remove the excess or unwanted parts from.
  • intransitive verb To remove (excess or unwanted parts).
  • intransitive verb To lose (weight or fat) deliberately, as by exercise or dieting.
  • intransitive verb To decorate, especially by adding a border or contrasting element.
  • intransitive verb To arrange with display items.
  • intransitive verb To thrash; beat.
  • intransitive verb To defeat soundly.
  • intransitive verb To cheat out of money.
  • intransitive verb To rebuke; scold.
  • intransitive verb To adjust (the sails and yards) so that they receive the wind properly.
  • intransitive verb To balance (a ship) by shifting its cargo or contents.
  • intransitive verb To balance (an aircraft) in flight by regulating the control surfaces and tabs.
  • intransitive verb To be in or retain equilibrium.
  • intransitive verb To make sails and yards ready for sailing.
  • intransitive verb To affect or maintain cautious neutrality.
  • intransitive verb To fashion one's views for momentary popularity or advantage.
  • intransitive verb To lose weight deliberately. Often used with down.
  • noun A cutting or clipping to make neat.
  • noun An excess or unwanted part that has been removed.
  • noun State of order, arrangement, or appearance; condition.
  • noun A condition of good health or fitness.
  • noun Exterior ornamentation, such as moldings or framework, on a building or vehicle.
  • noun Decoration or ornament, as for clothing.
  • noun Material used in commercial window displays.
  • noun Excised or rejected material, such as film that has been cut in editing.
  • noun The readiness of a vessel for sailing with regard to ballast, sails, and yards.
  • noun The balance of a ship.
  • noun The difference between the draft at the bow and at the stern.
  • noun The position of an aircraft relative to its horizontal axis.
  • adjective In good or neat order.
  • adjective In good physical condition; fit; slim.
  • adjective Having lines, edges, or forms of neat and pleasing simplicity.
  • adverb In a trim manner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a trim manner; trimly.
  • noun The difference in draft at the bow of a vessel from that at the stern.
  • noun Adjustment; order; condition; arrangement.
  • noun Nautical, the state of a ship, or of her cargo, ballast, spars, etc., with reference to her fitness for sailing.
  • noun Mode of appearance or equipment; guise; garb; especially, the becoming or prescribed mode of dress, ornament, etc.; the fashion; full dress; of a ship, full sail.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English trimmen, to make firm, from Old English trymman, from trum, strong; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English trymman

Examples

  • An 'now as you' aye your figger'ead in trim, wot I want to know is, wot's it to you?

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  • He had been accustomed to her only in trim tailor suits and shirtwaists, or in riding costume of velvet corduroy, and he was not prepared for this new revelation.

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  • The cuts have helped Spain trim its central government deficit by half through July but the unemployment rate stands at 20 percent, and many businesses are struggling to survive.

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  • There was not enough on the bolt for me, so I added the trim from the lace curtain, to lengthen the sleeves.

    Same Pattern, 2nd Dress

  • The cuts have helped Spain trim its central government deficit by half through July but the unemployment rate stands at 20%, and many businesses are struggling to survive.

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  • The trim is made by tracing around the curved edges of the box and cutting with decorative edge scissors.

    One More Altered Box

  • There was not enough on the bolt for me, so I added the trim from the lace curtain, to lengthen the sleeves.

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  • The trim is made by tracing around the curved edges of the box and cutting with decorative edge scissors.

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  • You are right, Lady Lydia, trim is the most expensive part of any dress, which is why it is good to repurpose them and/or find less expensive ways to achieve the same effect.

    Inspirational Sewing

  • Today he wore a mint green tuxedo jacket with emerald green satin trim and a matching ruffly tuxedo shirt.

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Comments

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  • Contronymic in the sense: add to (as a Christmas tree) vs. remove.

    January 31, 2007