(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. thin and fit

- a body kept trim by exercise

Similar word(s): lean, thin, spare

2. of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder

- a trim little sailboat

Similar word(s): tidy, shipshape

3. neat and smart in appearance

- a trim beard

Similar word(s): tidy, trig

4. severely simple in line or design

Similar word(s): plain, tailored

Sentences with trim as an adjective:

- He goes jogging every day to keep in trim.

- a trim figure

- a trim lawn


1. (nautical) In good order, properly managed or maintained.

2. (nautical) With sails well trimmed.


1. a state of arrangement or appearance

- in good trim

Similar word(s): trimness

Definition categories: state, neatness, spruceness

2. a decoration or adornment on a garment

- the trimming on a hat

- the trim on a shirt

Similar word(s): passementerie, trimming

Definition categories: man–made, adornment

3. attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation

Definition categories: link, attitude

4. cutting down to the desired size or shape

Similar word(s): clipping, trimming

Definition categories: act, cut, cutting

Sentences with trim as a noun:

- Paint the house white with blue trim.

- I went to the hairdresser for a trim but came back nearly bald.


1. remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size

- trim the photograph

- trim lumber

Similar word(s): pare

Definition categories: contact, cut

2. decorate, as with ornaments

- trim the christmas tree

- trim a shop window

Definition categories: creation, adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament

3. cut down on; make a reduction in

Similar word(s): cut, reduce

Definition categories: change, decrease, lessen, minify

4. balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces

- trim an airplane

Definition categories: stative, balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

5. be in equilibrium during a flight

- The airplane trimmed

Definition categories: stative, be

6. decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods

Similar word(s): dress, garnish

Definition categories: creation, adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament

7. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

Similar word(s): clip, crop, dress, lop, prune, snip

Definition categories: contact

8. cut closely

- trim my beard

Similar word(s): shave

Definition categories: contact, cut

9. adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used

Definition categories: change, adjust, correct, set

Sentences with trim as a verb:

- 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. (present perfect example)

- They traditionally trim the tree on Christmas Eve.