Etymology
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trim (v.)

mid-15c., probably from Old English trymian, trymman "strengthen, fortify, confirm; comfort; incite; set in order, arrange, prepare, make ready; become strong," from trum "strong, stable," from Proto-Germanic *trum-, from PIE *dru-mo-, suffixed form of root *deru- "be firm, solid, steadfast." Examples in Middle English are wanting.

Original sense is preserved in nautical phrase in fighting trim (see trim (n.)); where the verb meant "distribute the load of a ship so she floats on an even keel" (1570s). Meaning "make neat by cutting" is first recorded 1520s; that of "decorate, adorn" is from 1540s. Sense of "reduce" is attested from 1966.

trim (n.)

"state of being prepared," 1580s, nautical jargon, "fit for sailing," from trim (v.). From 1570s as "ornament, decoration;" the meaning "visible woodwork of a house" is recorded from 1884; sense of "ornamental additions to an automobile" is from 1922. Slang meaning "a woman regarded as a sex object" is attested from 1955, American English.

trim (adj.)

c. 1500, "neatly or smartly dressed," probably ultimately from trim (v.) or from related Old English trum "firm, fixed, secure, strong, sound, vigorous, active." Related: Trimly; trimness.

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Definitions of trim
1
trim (v.)
remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size;
trim the photograph
trim lumber
Synonyms: pare
trim (v.)
decorate, as with ornaments;
trim the christmas tree
trim a shop window
trim (v.)
cut down on; make a reduction in;
Synonyms: reduce / cut down / cut back / trim down / trim back / cut / bring down
trim (v.)
balance in flight by regulating the control surfaces;
trim an airplane
trim (v.)
be in equilibrium during a flight;
trim (v.)
decorate (food), as with parsley or other ornamental foods;
Synonyms: garnish / dress
trim (v.)
cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of;
Synonyms: snip / clip / crop / lop / dress / prune / cut back
trim (v.)
cut closely;
trim my beard
Synonyms: shave
trim (v.)
adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used;
2
trim (n.)
a state of arrangement or appearance;
in good trim
Synonyms: trimness
trim (n.)
a decoration or adornment on a garment;
the trim on a shirt
Synonyms: trimming / passementerie
trim (n.)
attitude of an aircraft in flight when allowed to take its own orientation;
trim (n.)
cutting down to the desired size or shape;
Synonyms: trimming / clipping
3
trim (adj.)
thin and fit;
a body kept trim by exercise
Synonyms: spare
trim (adj.)
of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder;
a trim little sailboat
Synonyms: shipshape / well-kept
trim (adj.)
neat and smart in appearance;
a trim beard
Synonyms: clean-cut / trig
trim (adj.)
severely simple in line or design;
Synonyms: tailored
From wordnet.princeton.edu