Definition of trimming


  • the act of adding decoration; "the children had to be in bed before it was time for the trimming of the tree".
  • a decoration or adornment on a garment; "the trimming on a hat", "the trim on a shirt". Synonyms: passementerie, trim.
  • cutting down to the desired size or shape. Synonyms: clipping, trim.


  • remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size; "pare one's fingernails", "trim the photograph", "trim lumber". Synonyms: pare, trim.
  • decorate, as with ornaments; "trim the christmas tree", "trim a shop window". Synonyms: trim.
  • cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake", "The employer wants to cut back health benefits". Synonyms: bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down.
  • balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces; "trim an airplane". Synonyms: trim.
  • be in equilibrium during a flight; "The airplane trimmed". Synonyms: trim.
  • decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods. Synonyms: dress, garnish, trim.
  • cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden". Synonyms: clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim.
  • cut closely; "trim my beard". Synonyms: shave, trim.
  • adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used. Synonyms: trim.

Related words

braid, braiding, deflate, detract, disbud, downsize, dress, fleece, inflate, miniver, pinch, poll, pollard, pruning, quench, retrench, rickrack, ricrac, shave, shear, shorten, slash, spill, subtract, thin, top.

Words nearby trimming

brimming, trimmings.

Rhymes with trimming

brimming, skimming, swimming.

Start with trimming


End with trimming

retrimming, pretrimming, overtrimming, untrimming.

More information about trimming

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • trimming is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 13 points
  • trimming is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 13 points
  • trimming is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 17 points
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