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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The high quality adjusting handle and desk knob make slight alterations simple. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Music Stand," 29 Apr. 2021 Hospitalizations for the disease generally dropped for about 13 weeks and recently appear to have plateaued somewhat, with slight increases over recent days. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona reports 881 new COVID-19 cases and 23 new known deaths, with over 2.2M fully vaccinated," 29 Apr. 2021 Nearby on the damp wood sat a half-dozen students, masked, cross-legged and bundled into jackets against a slight springtime chill. Washington Post, "Indians in West Bengal line up to vote amid runaway covid outbreak," 29 Apr. 2021 In the short clip, the sports star appeared to only have slight bruising and minor swelling. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper Says He 'Feels Good' After Getting Hit by 97 mph Pitch," 29 Apr. 2021 Anthony threw a pass to Okeke, who caught the ball behind the 3-point line and gave a slight shot fake to draw out Anthony Davis. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic forward Chuma Okeke puts skills on display with one highlight-reel dunk," 29 Apr. 2021 The village anticipates to receive about $3.6 million in sales tax revenue, a slight dip from last year, but more than the previous years. Michelle Mullins, chicagotribune.com, "Homer Glen budget funds new public works department, Heritage Park road," 29 Apr. 2021 Carlson, to his slight credit, tried to convince Trump of the pandemic’s seriousness in its early months without much success. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Tucker Carlson Is Deadly Boring," 29 Apr. 2021 Sunday as a slight cool front moves through the area. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "Time to chill: Heat index could hit 100 in South Florida in next two days," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, Padres manager Jayce Tingler did not try to slight the impact of a potential long-term loss of Tatis. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "For now, no surgery for Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr.," 6 Apr. 2021 The suit says the school billed more than $24,000 for full time tuition for the Spring 2020 semester, which breaks down to slight more than $1,500 to $2,000 per credit hour for a traditional 12 to 16 coarse load. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Federal Judge rules Quinnipiac students can continue lawsuit for tuition payments forfeited during pandemic," 26 Mar. 2021 Meteorologist Joe Goudsward said the risk is expected to increase to slight for the Little Rock area Wednesday night. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Storms expected to bring severe weather to state through Thursday," 24 Mar. 2021 The greater enhanced risk area still includes Baton Rouge, Hammond, and the rest of southwestern Louisiana, while the risk level has dropped to slight for New Orleans, Slidell and the rest of southeastern Louisiana. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "High winds, hail, tornadoes still possible for south Louisiana's New Year's Eve," 31 Dec. 2020 Elliott, who was felled by COVID-19, has listened to people wonder about his role in the Cowboys offense under Mike McCarthy for months and hear others slight his status among the league’s running back hierarchy. David Moore, Dallas News, "After an offseason of questions, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott says he has plenty to prove in 2020," 18 Aug. 2020 The official said that Mr. Pence was acting out of a desire to get the money out the door, not to slight Mr. Azar. Noah Weiland, New York Times, "Coronavirus Casts Unwelcome Spotlight on Trump’s Health Secretary," 29 Apr. 2020 Some thought Fauci was slighting the president, leading to a vitriolic online reaction. Sheera Frenkel, BostonGlobe.com, "A single gesture behind Trump fuels an online conspiracy theory," 28 Mar. 2020 Question: Is it tougher to play Cincinnati, in terms of returning phone calls and leaving tickets and not slighting people who expect a backstage pass? Chris Varias, Cincinnati.com, "Gary Owen, the Colerain High School homecoming baby, coming home for Festival of Laughs," 27 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a season more enamoured with gimmicky twists than true romance, this latest slight is particularly difficult to accept. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Bachelor Brushed Past Bri’s Life-Altering Reveal. It’s Part Of A Much Bigger Problem," 16 Feb. 2021 Proclaiming french fries to be the best dish is in no way a slight to the chef. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: How to quiet a barking dog for better Zoom meetings," 22 Mar. 2021 The statement urges Biden into picking Young because not doing so could be interpreted as a slight to key allies. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden follows his party; Trump rules Republicans with iron fist," 4 Mar. 2021 The Bachelorette finally being interesting again (no slight to Tyler C., by the way). Sumiko Wilson, refinery29.com, "You Have 10 New Netflix Canada Treats To Watch This Weekend," 30 Dec. 2020 Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-East Gull Lake, argued that the bill was not a slight to Minneapolis. Star Tribune, "Minnesota authorities hail peaceful protests while legislators clash over police funding," 8 Mar. 2021 The 19th-century slight elicits a laugh from Luciano. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, "Inside Naples’ World-Famous Pizza Culture," 20 Feb. 2021 Irving said his effort is not meant as a slight toward anyone else. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Kyrie Irving wants Kobe Bryant on NBA logo. Here’s why," 26 Feb. 2021 It is considered by many (enough people to affect a change) to be a slight to our indigenous neighbors to the north and west. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Recapping quite a week in the sports franchise naming game," 25 July 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slight. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for slight

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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