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v. trimmed, trim·ming, trims
1. To make neat or tidy by clipping, smoothing, or pruning: trimmed his moustache; trimmed the hedges.
a. To remove the excess or unwanted parts from: trimmed the pie crust; trimmed the budget.
b. To remove (excess or unwanted parts): trimmed the rotten wood; trimmed the fat from the budget.
c. To lose (weight or fat) deliberately, as by exercise or dieting.
a. To decorate, especially by adding a border or contrasting element: trim a blouse.
b. To arrange with display items: trim a store window.
4. Informal
a. To thrash; beat.
b. To defeat soundly: trimmed their opponents in the first game.
c. To cheat out of money: trimmed him of every dollar he had.
d. To rebuke; scold.
5. Nautical
a. To adjust (the sails and yards) so that they receive the wind properly.
b. To balance (a ship) by shifting its cargo or contents.
6. To balance (an aircraft) in flight by regulating the control surfaces and tabs.
1. Nautical
a. To be in or retain equilibrium.
b. To make sails and yards ready for sailing.
a. To affect or maintain cautious neutrality.
b. To fashion one's views for momentary popularity or advantage.
3. To lose weight deliberately. Often used with down.
a. A cutting or clipping to make neat: My hair needs a trim.
b. An excess or unwanted part that has been removed: cut off the trim.
a. State of order, arrangement, or appearance; condition: in good trim.
b. A condition of good health or fitness: keeping her body in trim.
a. Exterior ornamentation, such as moldings or framework, on a building or vehicle.
b. Decoration or ornament, as for clothing.
c. Material used in commercial window displays.
4. often trims Excised or rejected material, such as film that has been cut in editing.
5. Nautical
a. The readiness of a vessel for sailing with regard to ballast, sails, and yards.
b. The balance of a ship.
c. The difference between the draft at the bow and at the stern.
6. The balance of rotational forces around the various axes of an aircraft in flight.
adj. trim·mer, trim·mest
a. In good or neat order.
b. In good physical condition; fit; slim: a trim figure.
2. Having lines, edges, or forms of neat and pleasing simplicity.
In a trim manner.

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

trim′ly adv.
trim′ness n.
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Adv.1.trimly - in a trim mannertrimly - in a trim manner; "he was trimly attired"
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(trim) past tense, past participle trimmed verb
1. to cut the edges or ends of (something) in order to make it shorter and/or neat. He's trimming the hedge; She had her hair trimmed.
2. to decorate (a dress, hat etc, usually round the edges). She trimmed the sleeves with lace.
3. to arrange (the sails of a boat etc) suitably for the weather conditions.
a haircut. She went to the hairdresser's for a trim.
neat and tidy. a trim appearance.
ˈtrimly adverb
ˈtrimness noun
ˈtrimming noun
1. something added as a decoration. lace trimming.
2. (usually in plural) a piece cut off; an end or edge.
in (good) trim
in good condition. Her figure's in good trim after all those exercises.
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References in classic literature ?
Even in this leafless time of departing February it is pleasant to look at,--perhaps the chill, damp season adds a charm to the trimly kept, comfortable dwelling-house, as old as the elms and chestnuts that shelter it from the northern blast.
Here the scenery changed from the strange and unfamiliar to the wreckage of the familiar: patches of ground exhibited the devastation of a cyclone, and in a few score yards I would come upon perfectly undisturbed spaces, houses with their blinds trimly drawn and doors closed, as if they had been left for a day by the owners, or as if their inhabitants slept within.
And with passing of the hours had come subdued reflection in which he had weighed himself against the trimly clad English gentleman and--found that he was wanting.
Wherever one saw a pile of gravel or a pile of broken stone, it was always heaped as trimly and exactly as a new grave or a stack of cannon-balls; nothing about those stations or along the railroad or the wagon-road was allowed to look shabby or be unornamental.
My eye is yet filled with visions of the high-flounced, slovenly, and tumbled dresses in costly silk and satin, of the large unbecoming collars in expensive lace; of the ill-cut coats and strangely fashioned pantaloons which every Sunday, at the English service, filled the choirs of the chapel-royal, and after it, issuing forth into the square, came into disadvantageous contrast with freshly and trimly attired foreign figures, hastening to attend salut at the church of Coburg.) I had passed these pairs of Britons, and the groups of pretty British children, and the British footmen and waiting-maids; I had crossed the Place Royale, and got into the Rue Royale, thence I had diverged into the Rue de Louvain--an old and quiet street.
The man who entered was young, some two-and-twenty at the outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of refinement and delicacy in his bearing.
It does so very busily and trimly, looks in again a little while, and so departs.
water, it's almost as if these sleek torpedoes of trimly muscled