What Is The Difference Between Slim And Thin?


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Julii Brainard answered
And what's the difference between those words and "skinny", do you think?

Because honestly, I haven't a clue, either.

Growing up I thought that "thin" meant TOO THIN. As did skinny. Skinny meant underweight and scrawny. Definitely not the most attractive option.

I'm only 39 and suddenly I found my whole generation wanted to be "thin" or "skinny", and even admired these states. I still have a reflex of thinking that skinny is "gaunt" and unhealthily underweight, or at least below an ideal body size.

But slim (to me) would just mean nothing spare. Not necessarily "thin" or "skinny", just about a nudge under average weight but still in the optimal range, perhaps.

Personally I still don't see what's attractive about "skinny". No man wants to lack muscles, no woman wants to lack curves. Skinny is what undeveloped kids, flat-chested spotty teenage girls with legs stretching to forever and under-fed sports-mad teenage boys are. Grown-ups aren't supposed to be "skinny".

So, since you asked, slim is a healthy size. Thin is underweight. In My Humble Opinion.

Of course, if you look in a dictionary, you won't find much difference between the terms. And in popular usage, they mean, in fact, pretty much the same things.
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Anonymous answered
There always used to be a difference in meaning between slim and thin. Slim was ideal levels of fat, thin was less than this, malnourished if you like. People stopped differentiating between the two terms when being overweight became more commonplace, the fatties wanted to give slim people some negative perception to being slim and renamed slim as thin. So whatever your weight you were either fat or thin, negative connotations either way so we're all equal, I guess it made the increasing numbers of fat people feel less bad about themselves.

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