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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Cut each piece lengthwise into thin planks, then cut the planks into slender sticks., 6 July 2021 This fabled 125-mile stretch of road runs alongside a slender tendril of water called Turnagain Arm before ascending into the dramatic Chugach and Kenai Mountains, where ancient glaciers wink through summertime greenery. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 In assuming that Treasury yields would stay super-slender for years to come, policymakers are making the same gamble as homebuyers who gorged on big mortgages at teaser rates in 2005 and 2006. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 7 July 2021 He's been underrecruited maybe because of a relatively slender build as an edge rusher. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 2021 Despite being surprisingly slender, the bra's padded, contoured straps are comfy to wear and fully support my bust (no small feat). SELF, 30 June 2021 The next 20 minutes provided some sort of redemption for Simon, who pulled off two smart saves to maintain his team's slender advantage. Matias Grez, CNN, 28 June 2021 Progressive Democrats, meanwhile, pushed Biden to use the brute force power of a majority, even the most slender one, to pass legislation without any GOP support. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 Progressive Democrats, meanwhile, pushed Biden to use the brute force power of a majority, even the most slender one, to pass legislation without any GOP support. Jonathan Lemire, ajc, 25 June 2021

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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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“Slender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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