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

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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

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She has a slender figure. a flower with a slender stem an animal with a long, slender snout
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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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10 Jul 2020

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“Slender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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 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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