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

Black and Kyle Gass’ goofy, delusional, metal gods in dad bods schtick hasn’t changed in the slightest since their HBO series first aired in 1997. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lollapalooza 2019: Lil Wayne and J. Balvin make history on day 3 — and Balvin brings out Wisin y Yandel," 4 Aug. 2019 The process is typically transparent; however, some neighbors may notice a slight change in the taste or smell of their tap water. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Boil water order still in place for portion of Las Olas Isles," 3 Aug. 2019 England have a slight home advantage, but need to win the series outright (a 2-2 tie would allow the visitors to retain the trophy). M.j., The Economist, "The Ashes will feature the weakest pair of cricket teams in decades," 31 July 2019 Simply put, no one’s development would have been impacted in the slightest had the Orioles re-signed Jones. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles reset: Re-evaluating the Orioles’ decision not to bring back Adam Jones," 22 July 2019 Gilmore Girls Our love for Rory and Lorelai has not waned in the slightest in the years since Gilmore Girls went off the air. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "21 Incredibly Addictive TV Series to Stream on Netflix on a Rainy Day," 12 July 2019 The Belgian paused, before giving Nadal the slight advantage. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet in historic Wimbledon rematch," 11 July 2019 Among the broader pool of voting-age adults, all five Democrats hold at least a slight advantage over Trump. Anchorage Daily News, "Aided by a strong economy, Trump approval rises, but a majority also see him as ‘unpresidential’," 7 July 2019 RBIs Seniors Craig O’Connor and Christian Labossier had RBIs in the fifth to give the Green Wave (19-5) a slight advantage after the Lions had tied it in the fourth. Karl Capen, BostonGlobe.com, "St. John Paul II captures fourth sectional baseball title in six years," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

They could be worried that those family members will feel slighted at the lack of an invite, or be saddened at missing the opportunity to celebrate with you. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The wedding plan: Perspective sharing," 18 Aug. 2019 Regardless of any lack of respect, the Blazers aren’t sneaking up on anyone and must keep the mentality even when slighted or underrated. Evan Dudley, al, "7 things to look for as UAB starts fall camp," 1 Aug. 2019 While Richardson says he had never been slighted by teachers or mentors, his peers were a different story. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "SMU gaming app aims to teach millions of U.S. adults who can't read," 1 Aug. 2019 Top committee Republican Jim Jordan of Ohio argued that Kerner felt slighted by Conway and sought to punish her. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "House panel OKs subpoena for Conway after she spurns hearing," 26 June 2019 Photography was slighted, and that’s been remedied. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition Takes a Traditional Turn," 13 July 2019 It’s unclear if Wheeler meant to slight the IPCC on Monday. Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "Trump Administration Might “Re-Examine” Climate Modeling," 10 May 2019 That’s not to slight anybody or any situation or anything. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Chiefs’ Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes respond to NFL’s national anthem policy | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 American politics increasingly resembles the Middle Eastern variety, where each side remembers how it was slighted yesterday and vows to exact its retribution tomorrow. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "Democrats, Try Some Self-Restraint," 8 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The hope among McGrath's people is that by December 2019 and beyond, Kentucky will think more about McConnell's coal miner slights, their own interests and her populist message than about those first two weeks. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "On Politics: Amy McGrath's next mission? Finding the reset button before 2020," 9 July 2019 Duerson was an extremely proud man who remembered slights and held grudges. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 49, Dave Duerson," 19 July 2019 Don't take slights personally; what others do is about them and not you. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for July 6, 2019: Happy birthday Eva Green; Virgo, focus on home improvement," 6 July 2019 Among other slights, the lawsuit alleges that Ms. Farinacci was excluded from moderating a town hall based on her reporting on Hurricane Sandy. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "Five NY1 Anchorwomen Sue Cable Channel for Age and Gender Discrimination," 19 June 2019 He is not motivated by slights, real or perceived, like Jordan and Brady. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Friends With MJ, Coached by Dad: World No. 1 Justin Thomas Is Ready to Fly," 5 June 2018 If the president wants to wake up, fire off a few semi-coherent tweets about slights both real and imagined, and then hit the links, then by all means, play 36. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Does anyone really care about presidential golf (or hypocrisy)?," 8 Jan. 2018 Some saw a particular slight in that the document, which was dated Feb. 4, was released during LGBT pride month, though the purpose of the timing was unclear. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Vatican disappoints LGBT advocates as it rejects progressive views on gender identity," 10 June 2019 No slight is meant to Kirby Yates, but if one of the playoff contenders falls in love with him before the trade deadline July 31, my thinking is that General Manager A.J. Preller should move him. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: What’s up with Padres? Thoughts on Tatis, possible Yates trade & more," 7 June 2019

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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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slight

adjective

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
4 : flimsy, frail

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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