slender

adjective
slen·​der | \ˈslen-dər \

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

Synonyms

bony (also boney), fatless, lean, lithe, skinny, slim, spare, svelte, thin

Antonyms

chubby, corpulent, fat, gross, obese, overweight, plump, portly, rotund, tubby

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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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Paola is tall and slender, with a soft, sweet voice and steely blue eyes. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 These tall, slender beauties have rubbery leaves and are pretty indestructible. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "11 Houseplants You Barely Have To Water—Ever," 3 Oct. 2018 Long, slender light green fruits are spineless and almost always curved, unless grown on a trellis and harvested when 12 inches long. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018 As the foreperson of the jury, a slender woman with long graying hair and glasses, said those three words — guilty, guilty, guilty — the courtroom rocked with emotion. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, "Bill Cosby convicted on three counts of sexual assault," 26 Apr. 2018 When Cirese stood outside Sabella's cell in late July, Sabella saw a tall and slender woman smiling through the bars. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Woman's Day, "The Real Story Behind the Musical 'Chicago'," 12 May 2017 The slender 2-inch green leaves and the white flowers that appear in summer are smaller than what is found on most lime trees. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Finger limes the ‘caviar’ of citrus for your garden," 9 Apr. 2018 Many inside Selhurst Park that day left the ground seething, vowing to never forgive the former Aston Villa and Liverpool forward should they be relegated by a slender margin. SI.com, "FanView: Christian Benteke's Goal Was a Beautiful Moment of Symmetry & Summed Up Palace's Season," 1 May 2018 The King of Kings Hot Dog lives up to its name: a slender tube of mystery meat carved into delicate petals, as elegant as a radish rosette. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "At Le Sia, Find Nirvana in Crawfish Domination," 4 June 2017

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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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slender

adjective

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

slender

adjective
slen·​der | \ˈslen-dər \
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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