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
The trend began in 2013, after photos of Xi and former President Barack Obama were compared to an image of Pooh walking alongside his more slender buddy, Tigger.
More than 120,000 people live on the Rockaway peninsula — a slender mass of land that stretches across 10 miles with the ocean to the south and Jamaica Bay to the north.
Black's wife, Joyce, a slender auburn-haired southerner, sat in a box seat just off home plate.
Cellists Rene Schiffer and Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann were similarly simpatico in the Vivaldi Concerto in G minor, though here a little less intensity in the solo playing might have helped better enhance this brief and slender work.
Haricots verts are slender French green beans often available at farmer’s markets.
Hemmed in on either side by pedestrian parks and laced like a high-top sneaker with slender bridges, the river makes an ideal location for getting some exercise, as well as your geographical bearings.
These slender mouth sticks are usually made of birch wood that’s been infused with tea tree oil, menthol, and cowboy-level dispassion.
Nearby, a slender woman shot up heroin, then got up and walked away.
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Origin and Etymology of slender
Middle English sclendre, slendre, from Anglo-French esclendre
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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