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

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

Antonyms

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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Narrow and ending at a rounded point, this shape elongates your hands and makes them look more slender. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Easy Way to Figure Out Which Nail Shape Looks Best on You," 10 Jan. 2019 One of Jordan’s most vivid early paintings is Mom Hand, an image of her mother’s long, slender fingers resting on one red-stockinged knee. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "In Her First Solo Museum Snow, Jordan Casteel’s Humanizing Portraits Get Even Closer," 15 Jan. 2019 In the Senate, the GOP is expected to retain or even increase their slender 51-49 majority, according to recent polls. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Agenda on the Line as Voters Head to the Polls," 6 Nov. 2018 Much of the furniture is also pine, including three long, slender tables with geometric cutouts, copies of the first table Macullo ever designed more than 25 years ago. Shonquis Moreno, Curbed, "‘If you take out the art, the building itself can’t stand’," 6 Aug. 2018 On October 24, 1974 at 20,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean, Zero One Four opened her rear cargo door and the long, slender missile slid out. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the C-5 Galaxy Is Such a Badass Plane," 18 July 2018 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

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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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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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