slender

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for slender

Synonyms

fine, hairline, narrow, needlelike, paper-thin, skinny, slim, slim-jim, thin, ultrathin

Antonyms

broad, fat, wide

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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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Like its famous predecessor, the X-59 has a long, slender design. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Lockheed Martin Has Started Building NASA's X-59 Experimental Supersonic Jet," 20 Nov. 2018 The women in my maternal clan are blessed with clear skin, slender ankles, and not-so-delicate pores. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "I Regret to Inform You Vintner’s Daughter Is Totally Worth It," 24 Apr. 2019 The handmade Bistro teak place setting is equal parts accessible and chic—chunky enough to grip comfortably, slender enough to etch out a sleek profile at the table. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "A Few of Our Favorite Food Things Right Now," 6 Sep. 2018 Gelcream's photography aesthetic is unmistakable: clean and crisp product shots posed weightlessly in a slender hand. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Instagram Beauty Sensation @Gelcream Shares Her Anti-Aging Secrets," 6 Mar. 2019 Perching on a slender steel beam with nothing but the city streets far below him simply became a reality of the job. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, "At 80, ironworker who has dangled atop Chicago's tallest skyscrapers is still climbing," 9 June 2018 Ball-type, Chantenay, and Danvers carrots have blocky shapes that can handle heavy or shallow soil, while slender Nantes and Imperator carrots need deep, loose soil. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know To Grow Beautiful Carrots," 30 Aug. 2017 These long, very slender, seedless specimens are typically sold shrink-wrapped with plastic to protect their thin skins. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018 Narrow and ending at a rounded point, this shape elongates your hands and makes them look more slender. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Easy Way to Figure Out Which Nail Shape Looks Best on You," 10 Jan. 2019

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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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slender

adjective

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

slender

adjective
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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