neat and smart in appearance; in good order:she kept her husband’s clothes neat and trim a trim little villa slim and fit:she has a trim, athletic figure
1additional decoration, typically along the edges of something and in contrasting colour or material:a red blazer with gold trim [count noun]:the buildings were off-white with a blue trim decorative additions to a vehicle, typically the upholstery or interior lining of a car: refinements such as air conditioning and leather trim 2 [count noun] an act of cutting something in order to neaten it:his hair needs a trim a short piece of film cut out during the final editing stage. 3the state of being in good order or condition:no one had been there for months—everything was out of trim 4the degree to which an aircraft can be maintained at a constant altitude without any control forces being present: the pilot’s only problem was the need to constantly readjust the trim
5the way in which a ship floats in the water, especially in relation to the fore-and-aft line: ships' masters had to check trim and stability before departure 1make (something) neat or of the required size or form by cutting away irregular or unwanted parts:trim the grass using a sharp mower [with object and adverbial] cut off (irregular or unwanted parts):he was trimming the fat off some pork chops reduce the size, amount, number, or cost of:Congress had to decide which current defence programmes should be trimmed [no object]
) (of a person) lose weight; become slimmer:he trimmed down from twenty-two stone to a mere eighteen
firm up or lose weight from (a part of one’s body):the machine is ideal for trimming the waist, hips, and thighs 2decorate (something), typically with contrasting items or pieces of material:a pair of black leather gloves trimmed with fake fur 3adjust (a sail) to take advantage of the wind: her jobs include trimming the spinnaker and dealing with the yacht’s plumbing adjust the balance of (a ship or aircraft) by rearranging its cargo or by means of its trim tabs. keep or adjust the degree to which (an aircraft) can be maintained at a constant altitude without any control forces being present. [no object] adapt one’s views to the prevailing political trends for personal advancement. 4 informal
, dated get the better of (someone), typically by cheating them out of money.
, dated rebuke (someone) angrily.