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adjective \ˈslīt\

Simple Definition of slight

  • : very small in degree or amount

  • : thin and not very strong or muscular

Full Definition of slight

  1. 1a :  having a slim or delicate build :  not stout or massive in bodyb :  lacking in strength or substance :  flimsy, frailc :  deficient in weight, solidity, or importance :  trivial <a slight movie>

  2. 2 :  small of its kind or in amount <a slight chance> <a slight odor of gas>

slight·ly adverb
slight·ness noun

Examples of slight

  1. There is a slight chance of rain.

  2. Her head is tilted at a slight angle in the picture.

  3. If you have even the slightest doubt, then don't do it.

Origin of slight

Middle English, smooth, slight, probably from Old English sliht- (in eorth-slihtes level with the ground); akin to Old High German sleht smooth, slīhhan to glide — more at slick

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of slight

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>.



transitive verb

Simple Definition of slight

  • : to offend or insult (someone) : to treat (someone) with disrespect

Full Definition of slight

  1. 1 :  to treat as slight or unimportant :  make light of

  2. 2 :  to treat with disdain or indifference <slight a guest>

  3. 3 :  to perform or attend to carelessly and inadequately <don't slight your work>

Examples of slight

  1. I'm sure he didn't mean to slight you.

  2. He was slighted by his colleagues.


First Known Use of slight


Synonym Discussion of slight

neglect, disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget mean to pass over without giving due attention. neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention <habitually neglected his studies>. disregard suggests voluntary inattention <disregarded the wishes of his family>. ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious <ignored the snide remark>. overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care <in my rush I overlooked a key example>. slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting <slighted several major authors in her survey>. forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind <forget what others say>.




Definition of slight

  1. 1 :  an act or an instance of slighting

  2. 2 :  an instance of being slighted :  a humiliating discourtesy

Examples of slight

  1. <refused to respond to their petty slights>


First Known Use of slight


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February 11, 2016

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