\ 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


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



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


slightly adverb
slightness 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


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

Frequently Asked Questions About slight

Is it slight or sleight of hand?

Although slight is a homophone of sleight, and feels like it makes sense in this idiom, sleight of hand is the correct form when referring to a cleverly executed trick. Sleight means "deceitful craftiness" or "stratagem," and slight means "having a slim or delicate build" (we often hear of a slim person as being "slight of build").

What is the difference between sleight and slight?

In modern use slight may be found as a noun ("a humiliating discourtesy"), a verb ("to treat as slight or unimportant"), and an adjective ("small of its kind or in amount"). Sleight is mainly found as a noun, and can refer either to a deceitful kind of craftiness, or to skill and dexterity.

"Is the correct phrase sleight chance or slight chance?"

"If you are referring to such things as your chances of winning the lottery the word you need is slight. This adjectival sense of slight is "small of its kind or in amount."

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lithium batteries have the slight edge on retaining power during multiple recharges, while NiMH batteries hold their charge longer when left unused. Stewart Wolpin, Popular Mechanics, 9 May 2022 Seattle might have a slight edge based on the experience of defensive defensemen Ryan Gottfried and Tyrel Bauer. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 6 May 2022 Bestselling author JD Vance had a slight edge with about a third of the vote counted, with former state treasurer Josh Mandel and state Sen. Matt Dolan nearly tied behind him. Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 Eberly said limited polling so far, almost all of it less-reliable internal polls fielded by the candidates, give Franchot a slight edge, followed by Baker, King and Moore — but undecided voters still make up the largest pool. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 1 May 2022 As far as head-to-head, because the Heat went 2-2 against both the Bucks and 76ers, the next tiebreaker is conference record, where the Heat hold a slight edge there. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 The odds have bounced between the trio, with On3′s algorithm currently giving the Longhorns a slight edge at 38.1 percent. Nick Alvarez |, al, 26 Apr. 2022 Coming to Returns, Marriott has a slight edge over Vail assisted by a higher operating cash margin and a similar topline growth. Trefis Team, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 While it's been around for more than 30 years, Scanlan Theodore brings a slight edge to the basics—from cashmere sweaters to structured button-down shirts. Rachel King, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To say that music was another backdrop for partying is not to slight the music. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2022 That’s not to slight the Navy, but, to be frank, the Navy’s management record on Red Hill is pretty poor. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 1 Feb. 2022 Since March, the law has been used at least 15 times to punish people who slight party history. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 For Claire, stepping back from her bright career would slight Martha, who could never afford such comforts. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2021 The response Miss Manners dislikes is your assumption that the host intended to slight some of her guests and hog all the wine for her end of the table. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Super Cruise’s accident rate is superb at present, while Tesla’s accident rate with Autopilot on is similar to or slight worse than with Autopilot off. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Not to slight female birds, but that plumage is not recognized as easily as that of breeding males. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 The storm prediction center has highlighted areas with a marginal to slight chance for severe weather from North Carolina stretching back to Texas. Adam Klotz, Fox News, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is not meant as a slight, but there are a few head-scratchers on your résumé. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2022 In the face of another slight, Wheeler has no problem proving herself again. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 Three zippered pockets sit on a slight, 1.5-inches in width belt, but interestingly expand when in use. Lisa Jhung, Outside Online, 5 June 2020 What’s really strange is that Discovery actor Wilson Cruz was not among those invited to appear, an unexpected slight, given what happened at a Star Trek celebration last fall when someone used a homophobic slur within earshot of the out gay actor. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Angered by a customer, thrown perhaps by an intrusive comment, riled by some perceived slight, his father had withdrawn to this room and silently wept. Kevin Barry, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Portions of south Arkansas will be at a slight to enhanced risk for severe weather on Monday night, though forecasters said severe storms are more likely from northeast Texas to southern Mississippi. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 4 Apr. 2022 My colleague Wesley Morris wrote last week about the awards-show incident in which the Black tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams were the collateral damage of an off-handed slight by the white director Jane Campion. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Beale and Godley, who have been with the show since its original English-language run at the National Theater in London, are particularly revelatory — their flawless transitions between characters a theatrical slight of hand. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slight


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


1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slight


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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“Slight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ 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
4 : flimsy, frail

Other Words from slight

slightly adverb


slighted; slighting

Kids Definition of slight (Entry 2 of 3)

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



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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