slen·​der | \ ˈslen-dər How to pronounce slender (audio) \

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

Other Words from slender

slenderly adverb
slenderness noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The dinosaur also had less body armor, and its limbs were more slender than others of the same species. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Dec. 2021 Ski jumpers tend to be tall and slender, taking advantage of their height to have longer skis and lighter weight to help in the battle against gravity., 27 Jan. 2022 When the next act came out, the first Beatle to take the stage was a slender young man with a passing resemblance to James Dean. The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2022 In contrast, Biden's 2022 budget last spring proposed a 16% increase for domestic programs and less than 2% more for defense — numbers that were doomed from the start thanks to Democrats' slender congressional majorities. Alan Fram, ajc, 9 Mar. 2022 Videos showed the worms slithering around one another in serpentine patterns while white light from fluorescent proteins indicating neuronal activity flickered on and off along the length of their slender bodies. Quanta Magazine, 6 Dec. 2021 But there’s enough left for archaeologists to tell that in its heyday, the boat would have been a relatively slender craft—7 meters long and about 1.5 meters wide—well-suited to navigating the rivers and canals of ancient Sumer. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 8 Apr. 2022 Its aesthetics are as crisp as its acoustics, with a three-part white-enamel dial set inside a 39mm platinum case with slender black numerals, thermally blued steel hands and a classic seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2022 Super-slender skyscrapers, also known as pencil towers, became standout features of the Hong Kong skyline in the 1970s. Lydia Armstrong, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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slen·​der | \ ˈslen-dər How to pronounce slender (audio) \
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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