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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TRIMLY

The edges of the turf were trimly clipped, and there was not a weed to be seen.

His clothing was dark, and the belted coat fitted him trimly.

He was trimly built, trimly dressed, and graceful as an agile quarter-back.

She dressed quickly but trimly, as usual, and raised the windows of the parlor.

His clothes, trimly cut in the latest style, were new and spotless.

Her wimple is trimly plaited, and how fashionable is her cloak!

It does so very busily and trimly, looks in again a little while, and so departs.

It does so very busily and trimly; looks in again a little while, and so departs.

His eyes played over the trimly gowned figure of the woman who questioned the steward, but did not really see her.

Roque was trimly set up as an aviation lieutenant, and it was really wonderful how easily he merged into each part he assumed.

WORD ORIGIN

probably from Old English trymman "strengthen, make ready," from trum "strong, stable," from Proto-Germanic *trumaz; said to be cognate with Sanskrit drumah "tree," Greek drymos "copse, thicket," drys "tree, oak," and Old English treow (see tree). Examples in Middle English are wanting.

Original sense is preserved in nautical phrase in fighting trim (see trim (n.)). Meaning "make neat by cutting" is first recorded 1520s; that of "decorate, adorn" is from 1540s. Sense of "reduce" is attested from 1966. The adjective sense of "in good condition, neat, fit" is attested from c.1500, probably ultimately from Old English adjective trum.

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