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adjective slen·der \ˈslen-dər\

Simple Definition of slender

  • : thin especially in an attractive or graceful way

  • : very narrow : not wide

  • : small or limited in amount or size

Full Definition of slender

  1. 1a :  spare in frame or flesh; especially :  gracefully slightb :  small or narrow in circumference or width in proportion to length or height

  2. 2 :  limited or inadequate in amount or scope :  meager <people of slender means>

slen·der·ly adverb
slen·der·ness noun

Examples of slender

  1. She has a slender figure.

  2. a flower with a slender stem

  3. an animal with a long, slender snout



Origin of slender

Middle English sclendre, slendre, from Anglo-French esclendre


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of slender

thin, slender, slim, slight, tenuous mean not thick, broad, abundant, or dense. thin implies comparatively little extension between surfaces or in diameter, or it may imply lack of substance, richness, or abundance <thin wire> <a thin soup>. slender implies leanness or spareness often with grace and good proportion <the slender legs of a Sheraton chair>. slim applies to slenderness that suggests fragility or scantiness <a slim volume of poetry> <a slim chance>. slight implies smallness as well as thinness <a slight build>. tenuous implies extreme thinness, sheerness, or lack of substance and firmness <a tenuous thread>.


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