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


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


chubby, corpulent, fat, 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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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 Noelle finds plenty of varieties at the market, including Thai and Sicilian, slender Japanese eggplant and the colorful striped Calliope shown above., "Bring on the heat," 30 June 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 Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 19 May 2017 Massive columns, slender spires and impossibly balanced boulders loom above the timber. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Purple Pixie features arching branches of soft, slender 2-inch long elliptic burgundy leaves. Earl Nickel,, "Let this ‘Purple Pixie’ bring a little color to the garden," 29 June 2018 Yet on the basis of this slender body of work, DeWitt has achieved a considerable cult reputation. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "The Anguished Comedy of Helen DeWitt," 25 June 2018 Johann Gevers is a very tall, slender, charismatic man in his early fifties, with a high forehead, short orange hair whitening at the temples, and cloudy gray-blue eyes. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 Three decades ago, a tall, slender midshipman landed in South Texas and, using his sturdy back and naval know-how, set forth on building a bubble. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "As Kawhi looks elsewhere, a bubble bursts," 16 June 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 \
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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