slight

adjective
\ ˈslīt How to pronounce slight (audio) \

Definition of slight

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having a slim or delicate build : not stout or massive in body
b : lacking in strength or substance : flimsy, frail
c : deficient in weight, solidity, or importance : trivial a slight movie
2 : small of its kind or in amount a slight chance a slight odor of gas

slight

verb
slighted; slighting; slights

Definition of slight (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to treat as slight or unimportant : make light of
2 : to treat with disdain or indifference slight a guest
3 : to perform or attend to carelessly and inadequately don't slight your work

slight

noun

Definition of slight (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an act or an instance of slighting
2 : an instance of being slighted : a humiliating discourtesy

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Other Words from slight

Adjective

slightly adverb
slightness noun

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Adjective

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

Verb

neglect, disregard, ignore, overlook, slight, forget mean to pass over without giving due attention. neglect implies giving insufficient attention to something that merits one's attention. habitually neglected his studies disregard suggests voluntary inattention. disregarded the wishes of his family ignore implies a failure to regard something obvious. ignored the snide remark overlook suggests disregarding or ignoring through haste or lack of care. in my rush I overlooked a key example slight implies contemptuous or disdainful disregarding or omitting. slighted several major authors in her survey forget may suggest either a willful ignoring or a failure to impress something on one's mind. forget what others say

Examples of slight in a Sentence

Adjective There is a slight chance of rain. Her head is tilted at a slight angle in the picture. If you have even the slightest doubt, then don't do it. Verb I'm sure he didn't mean to slight you. He was slighted by his colleagues. Noun refused to respond to their petty slights
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Chiefs are viewed as the slight favorite over the 49ers, per BetMGM odds. Sportsbookwire Staff, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "2020 Super Bowl viewing guide: What time does the Super Bowl start?," 2 Feb. 2020 As for Sunday, with Kansas City a slight favorite in the Super Bowl? Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "History of the 49ers," 30 Jan. 2020 This Super Bowl should be an enjoyable study of contrasts, the Chiefs installed as slight early favorites. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned heading into Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs," 20 Jan. 2020 Bookmakers have already made the Chiefs a slight favorite, by about two points. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers surf, dance and spike their way to the Super Bowl," 19 Jan. 2020 Lawrence North is probably the slight favorite to win its first Marion County tournament title since 2008. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Marion County tournament: Can Warren Central 3-peat? Will Lawrence North snap drought?," 13 Jan. 2020 The Tigers averaged 1,901 fans per home game last season, a slight decline from 2018. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "In letter to MLB, Gov. Lamont opposes minor league overhaul plan that would eliminate Connecticut Tigers," 3 Dec. 2019 Ahead of Monday night’s prime-time matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, Jackson has edged out Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as the slight betting favorite. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Lamar Jackson or Russell Wilson for NFL MVP? The Ravens’ young star has the early edge — barely.," 21 Nov. 2019 With the Raptors losing Leonard to the Clippers, the Bucks have been tabbed as slight favorites over the 76ers to win the East. BostonGlobe.com, "The Knicks’ home opener against the Celtics on Oct. 26 was surreal, and that had little to do with the outcome.," 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even though Crimsix felt slighted in his exit from Optic after the team fell apart in 2019 during his free agency period, the talk still went in a playful direction. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "‘Living rent free’: Opening match of Call of Duty League highlights trash talk, foreshadows continued rivalry as Chicago Huntsmen upset Dallas Empire," 25 Jan. 2020 Focus on the game At media day Monday, Kentucky players did a poor job disguising their perception that Virginia Tech had slighted them in some way during an incident at one of the pre-bowl events. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "How Kentucky football can beat Virginia Tech in the 2019 Belk Bowl," 30 Dec. 2019 Lest any dudes out there feel slighted, Nemo also makes a men’s version of this sleeping bag. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Sleep Soundly Under the Stars with the Nemo Rave," 29 Dec. 2019 Huge payouts tempt Aussies to sue when they are slighted, argues Matthew Collins, a barrister who represented Ms Wilson. The Economist, "Australia’s government plans to water down ferocious libel laws," 12 Dec. 2019 Instead, Lopez is turned slightly away from the camera, with her legs bent strategically to show just the slighting hint of tasteful side boob. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Poses Nearly Naked on the Cover of Her New Single, "Baila Conmigo"," 13 Oct. 2019 Buckeyes coaches have been slighted because coach-of-the-year honors often go to the coach whose team has unexpected success. Bill Rabinowitz, Cincinnati.com, "Ryan Day wins award that evaded Urban Meyer, Jim Tressell, John Cooper at Ohio State," 4 Dec. 2019 Only Councilor Althea Garrison, the most conservative of the panel and an antagonist on some of her colleagues’ progressive proposals, was slighted. BostonGlobe.com, "EMILY’s List," 20 Sep. 2019 That the Houston restaurant community felt slighted would be an understatement. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "James Beard Award changes acknowledge Texas as a distinct culinary stronghold," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over and again in recent months, Bolsonaro has been surprised and stung by Trump’s slights and about-faces. Washington Post, "In Brazil, Trump tariffs show Bolsonaro’s ‘America First’ foreign policy has backfired," 2 Dec. 2019 They were fired up by the slights and have responded during the Seminoles' past two wins. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU defense responds to criticism during 31-13 win over NC State," 29 Sep. 2019 And Trump, ever sensitive to slights, has repeatedly lashed out, using California as a target to focus his overall attacks on urban America, as Janet Hook wrote. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Trump runs against California as he steps up his campaign," 20 Sep. 2019 The announcement kicks off a campaign to replace the longtime Baltimore congressman, a chief critic and investigator of President Donald Trump, as well as a defender of his hometown in the face of slights from the president. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Special elections for Cummings’ seat set; state Sen. Jill Carter setting up exploratory committee," 28 Oct. 2019 But Ocasio-Cortez’s remark was taken by some as a petty and purely personal slight against Joe Biden and others in the party. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Our Frightening Moment Was Years in the Making," 8 Jan. 2020 Arkansas State is also a slight fade based on recent-game analytics. Ryan Dodson, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Camellia Bowl: Florida International vs. Arkansas State odds, picks and best bets," 20 Dec. 2019 Is a little slight of build, but that doesn't stop him from going to the rim. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Devin Booker returns, but Suns can't stop Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder," 20 Dec. 2019 But Doria doesn’t dwell on real or imagined slights. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio man recalls glory days of South Texas baseball," 2 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'slight.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of slight

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slight

Adjective

Middle English, smooth, slight, probably from Old English sliht- (in eorth-slihtes level with the ground); akin to Old High German sleht smooth, slīhhan to glide — more at slick entry 2

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The first known use of slight was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

6 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Slight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slight. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for slight

slight

adjective
How to pronounce slight (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of slight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very small in degree or amount
: thin and not very strong or muscular

slight

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to offend or insult (someone) : to treat (someone) with disrespect

slight

adjective
\ ˈslīt How to pronounce slight (audio) \
slighter; slightest

Kids Definition of slight

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : small of its kind or in amount A slight frown puckered her forehead.— Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses
2 : thin and delicate a trim slight figure
3 : not important : trivial a slight wound

Other Words from slight

slightly adverb

slight

verb
slighted; slighting

Kids Definition of slight (Entry 2 of 3)

: to treat without proper respect or courtesy I didn't mean to slight her.

slight

noun

Kids Definition of slight (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an act or an instance of treating without proper respect or courtesy It was a deliberate slight to ignore me.
2 : an instance of being treated without proper respect or courtesy

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