Definition of slender
1a : spare in frame or flesh; especially : gracefully slightb : small or narrow in circumference or width in proportion to length or height
2 : limited or inadequate in amount or scope : meager people of slender means
Examples of slender in a Sentence
She has a slender figure.
a flower with a slender stem
an animal with a long, slender snout
Recent Examples of slender from the Web
After taking office in 1961, the top brass at the American company noticed how the President’s suit choices were not flattering to his slender frame.
Striped whipsnake: This is another long, slender snake that’s out during the day (note its relatively large eyes for daytime hunting of insects, lizards and even other snakes) and is related to the North American racer.
Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel holds a slender six-point lead on three-time champion Lewis Hamilton.
From late spring through frost, these sparkling blooms seem to float above the plant on tall, slender 3-foot stems.
Sylvia, a slender woman with strawberry-blond hair and dark, stylish glasses, looks exhausted.
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Origin and Etymology of slender
Middle English sclendre, slendre, from Anglo-French esclendre
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of slender
SLENDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of slender for English Language Learners
: thin especially in an attractive or graceful way
: very narrow : not wide
: small or limited in amount or size
SLENDER Defined for Kids
Definition of slender for Students
1 : gracefully thin
2 : narrow for its height or length a slender rope
3 : very little Even on generous scholarships, the transportation was too much for our slender resources. — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
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