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

In person, Delevingne is slight with impossibly delicate features and a way of never quite sitting still. Julia Felsenthal, Marie Claire, "Cara Delevingne Bares All," 13 Aug. 2019 Still, any difference in travel expense for UConn figures to be relatively slight. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "What UMass can teach UConn about life as a football independent," 25 July 2019 That means any impact on U.S. consumers of a Google services cutoff would be slight. Washington Post, "Trump meets with chipmakers on Huawei, other economic issues," 22 July 2019 Compared to other, heavily infused scents at the store, Limette 37 is as slight as summer sunshine in the Sunset District. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "Why does San Francisco turn up its nose at perfume?," 10 July 2019 The resulting increase in travel time would be slight — only 16 seconds. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Shaker Square plan offers bold solutions, but real work has only begun — Steven Litt," 7 July 2019 And because those politicians maintain themselves in office through partisan gerrymandering, the chances for legislative reform are slight. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Partisan Supreme Court Upholds Partisan Power," 27 June 2019 McKinney, who has been a consultant to the U.S. Commission on Presidential Debates, says that distinctions on issues that may be slight probably won’t be important until later this year. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Texan Julián Castro needs a spark tonight in first Democratic debate," 26 June 2019 The difference in Alameda, which includes Oakland, is slight. Colleen Shalby, latimes.com, "Asian population outpaces whites in Alameda and Santa Clara counties," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What gets slighted in that list are items like roads and bridges, government services such as police and fire protection, public schools and teachers. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Two billionaires explain why they shouldn’t pay more taxes, unlike you poor saps," 15 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the most common, and tired, slights about K-pop groups is that having a large amount of members means having a few missing in action can't possibly affect the team. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "TWICE Begin First U.S. Tour With Openness & Understanding of Mental Health," 19 July 2019 Brown said her players took the slights and ran with them. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Girls lacrosse: Breck edges Forest Lake in state quarters," 11 June 2019 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

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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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