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trim definition


This page has 35 definitions of trim with English translations in 4 languages. Trim is a verb, noun, an adjective, an adverb and numeral. Examples of how to use trim in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Trim and TRIM

English trim definition


From Middle English trimen, trymen, trümen, from Old English trymman (to make firm; strengthen), from Proto-Germanic *trumjaną (to make fast; strengthen), from Proto-Germanic *trumaz (firm; strong; sound).



trim (third-person singular simple present trims, present participle trimming, simple past and past participle trimmed)

  1. (transitive) To reduce slightly; to cut; especially, to remove excess.
    He trimmed his beard before the interview.
    The hedge needs to be trimmed.
    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.
    A ranch steak is usually trimmed of all excess fat.
  2. (transitive) To decorate or adorn; especially of a Christmas tree.
    They traditionally trim the tree on Christmas Eve.
  3. (transitive, aviation, of an aircraft) To adjust the positions of control surfaces, sometimes using trim tabs, so as to modify or eliminate the aircraft's tendency to pitch, roll, or yaw when the cockpit controls are released.
  4. (transitive, nautical, of a vessel) To modify the angle relative to the water by shifting cargo or ballast; to adjust for sailing; to assume, or cause to assume a certain position, or trim, in the water.
  5. (transitive, nautical, of a vessel's sails) To modify the angle (of the sails) relative to the wind, especially to set them at the most advantageous angle.
  6. (dated) To balance; to fluctuate between parties, so as to appear to favour each.
  7. (transitive) To make trim; to put in due order for any purpose; to make right, neat, or pleasing; to adjust.
  8. (transitive, carpentry, of timber) To dress; to make smooth.
  9. (transitive, dated) To rebuke; to reprove.
  10. (transitive, dated) To beat or thrash.

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trim (countable and uncountable, plural trims)

  1. (uncountable) Decoration; especially, decoration placed along edges or borders.
    Paint the house white with blue trim.
  2. (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.
  3. Dress; gear; ornaments.
  4. (countable) The manner in which something is equipped or adorned; order; disposition.
    The car comes in three different trims.
    to be in good trim
    • 1614, George Chapman, Andromeda Liberata
      The measure and whole trim of comeliness
  5. (uncountable, aviation, of an aircraft) The state of adjustment of control surfaces such that the desired attitude can be maintained without requiring the continuous application of force to the cockpit controls.
  6. (uncountable, aviation, by extension) The mechanism(s) used to trim an aircraft in roll, pitch, and/or yaw.
  7. (uncountable, slang, mildly vulgar) Sexual intercourse.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 35, pp. 239-240,[3]
      “Take me somewhere.”
      His response lacked dignity, but in fairness to him I admit that I had left him little chance to be suave.
      He asked, “You mean, you’re going to give me some trim?”
  8. (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.
  9. (nautical) The arrangement of the sails with reference to the wind.



trim (comparative trimmer, superlative trimmest)

  1. Physically fit.
    He goes jogging every day to keep in trim.
  2. Slender, lean.
    a trim figure
  3. Neat or smart in appearance.
    a trim lawn
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4 Scene 1
      [] manhood is melted into curtsies, valour into compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and trim ones too: he is now as valiant as Hercules that only tells a lie and swears it.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, [].



trim (not comparable)

  1. (nautical) In good order; properly managed or maintained.
  2. (nautical) With sails well trimmed.


Albanian trim definition

Alternative forms

  • (Gheg) trajm [tɾajm] [1]


From Proto-Albanian *trim-, from Proto-Indo-European *ter- (soft, weak, young). Cognate with Sanskrit तरुण (táruṇa, young) and Armenian թարմ (tʿarm, young, fresh).[2] Alternatively from Proto-Indo-European *trem(s)- (to thump; to tremble). Compare Latin tremō (tremble), Lithuanian trìmti (shake, tremble), Tocharian A tröm (in rage, fury) and Tocharian B tremi (rage, fury).[3]


trim m (indefinite plural trima, definite singular trimi, definite plural trimat)[4]

  1. man, manful
  2. hero
  3. courageous
  4. valiant, valorous
  5. brave, hardy


  1. ^ Trajm in Google Search.
  2. ^ Demiraj, Bardhyl (1997) Albanische Etymologien: Untersuchungen zum albanischen Erbwortschatz [Albanian Etymologies: Investigations into the Albanian Inherited Lexicon] (Leiden Studies in Indo-European; 7)‎[1] (in German), Amsterdam, Atlanta: Rodopi
  3. ^ “Indogermanisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch”, J. Pokorny, 1959, Bern Francke, p. 1092
  4. ^ Dictionnaire Français-Albanais / Fjalor Shqip-Frengjisht, page 608, Vedat Kokona, Tiranë, 2002, →ISBN

Dutch trim definition




  1. first-person singular present indicative of trimmen
  2. imperative of trimmen

Latvian trim definition



  1. dative plural masculine form of trīs
  2. instrumental plural masculine form of trīs
  3. dative plural feminine form of trīs
  4. instrumental plural feminine form of trīs