slender

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adjective slen·der \ˈslen-dər\

Definition of slender

  1. 1a :  spare in frame or flesh; especially :  gracefully slightb :  small or narrow in circumference or width in proportion to length or height

  2. 2 :  limited or inadequate in amount or scope :  meager people of slender means

slenderly

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slenderness

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Examples of slender in a Sentence

  1. She has a slender figure.

  2. a flower with a slender stem

  3. an animal with a long, slender snout

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Origin and Etymology of slender

Middle English sclendre, slendre, from Anglo-French esclendre

Synonym Discussion of slender

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

SLENDER Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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adjective slen·der \ˈslen-dər\

Definition of slender for Students

slenderer

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slenderest

  1. 1 :  gracefully thin

  2. 2 :  narrow for its height or length a slender rope

  3. 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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