slen·​der | \ ˈslen-dər How to pronounce slender (audio) \

Definition of slender

1a : spare in frame or flesh especially : gracefully slight
b : 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

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Other Words from slender

slenderly adverb
slenderness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for slender


fine, hairline, narrow, needlelike, paper-thin, skinny, slim, slim-jim, thin, ultrathin


broad, fat, wide

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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

Examples of slender in a Sentence

She has a slender figure. a flower with a slender stem an animal with a long, slender snout
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Tall, slender and white with reddish hair and freckles, Connor is in his late 20s, single and with no children of his own. Leila Atassi,, "Princeton Korper gets a new ‘Big Brother’ after the first one let him down: A Greater Cleveland," 8 July 2019 Compared to extinct elephant birds and moas, Pachystruthio had longer, more slender leg bones, which tells us how the bird moved. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "12-foot bird lived alongside early human relatives, fossils reveal," 26 June 2019 Brooklyn Nets: Luka Samanic, F, International The tall and slender Samanic fits the team’s recent predilection for European picks. 18. The Si Staff,, "Social Media Mock Draft: What NBA Fans Are Saying About Their Team's Pick," 19 June 2019 For example, the Mazda3’s graceful and slender front roof pillars are only buildable thanks to the thinner sections of superstrong steel. WSJ, "Is the Mazda3 Hatchback The Best Car of 2019?," 14 June 2019 Aside for a few aging relics, all that’s left are slender saplings and unruly shrubs that sprouted from the seeds of other sickly chestnuts. Julia Rosen,, "Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?," 25 June 2019 Unfortunately a knee injury, slender frame and subpar defensive skills have dropped Bol from what seemed like a locked-in lottery pick to potentially elsewhere in the first round. Ira Winderman,, "NBA draft preview: Is post-Whiteside era at center the Heat’s next frontier?," 18 June 2019 Even with her soft skull plates shifting, the collar of my bones too slender. Ellen Bass, The New Yorker, "Because," 17 June 2019 Like its famous predecessor, the X-59 has a long, slender design. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Lockheed Martin Has Started Building NASA's X-59 Experimental Supersonic Jet," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of slender

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slender

Middle English sclendre, slendre, from Anglo-French esclendre

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The first known use of slender was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of slender

: thin especially in an attractive or graceful way
: very narrow : not wide
: small or limited in amount or size


slen·​der | \ ˈslen-dər How to pronounce slender (audio) \
slenderer; slenderest

Kids Definition of slender

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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