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

At the pump, gas prices in most states again saw slight declines. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Gas prices and tariffs: Why gas dropping under $2 a gallon might cost you," 5 June 2019 The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 closed out February with their best two-month start to a year in roughly three decades, despite ending the month with three sessions of slight declines. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Close Lower, but Hold Onto Year-To-Date Gains," 28 Feb. 2019 In 2016-2017, for the first time in 10 years, there was a slight decline in the number of undergraduates coming here from China. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "STEM majors way up, humanities down, among Washington college students, new data show," 13 Aug. 2018 Although chunkier than your average Macbook, the M15's footprint is reasonably slight compared to other gaming laptops. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Get Razer's Best Mouse, and Other Gaming Gear, for Cheap Today Only," 26 Mar. 2019 Capernaum has strangely propulsive quality to it, though the plot is relatively slight. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "In Capernaum, Nadine Labaki Visits Some of the Most Miserable Places on Earth—And Turns It Into Art," 14 Dec. 2018 According to recent research, each meal eaten out is associated with a slight increase in body mass index (or BMI). Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The healthiest things to eat at Panera Bread," 14 June 2018 The restoration of state funds, coupled with a slight increase in the grand list, spelled some relief for taxpayers this year, said Davis. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Griswold Voters Approve .34 Mil Tax Increase," 13 June 2018 There’s a slight chance that the Boston area could be in for some showers and thunderstorms on Saturday night, which is expected to have a nighttime low of 66. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Beachgoers warned of ‘moderate’ rip current risk," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Fair or unfair, All-Star appearances are one way to measure greatness, and fan voting already slights worthy small-market players. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Mitchell should feel slighted by those vote totals. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Donovan Mitchell should feel slighted in NBA rookie of the year voting," 26 June 2018 Top of the game Panthers coach Ron Rivera is trying to figure out why Short — and the entire defensive line — seem to get slighted. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "At $780,000 per game, he could be the Panthers' most underrated player," 22 June 2018 BERLIN – Berlin police say an officer has discharged his gun near the German capital's cathedral, slighting injuring a man. Fox News, "Berlin police officer shoots, injures man near cathedral," 3 June 2018 Pregnant women and mothers are often perceived as less committed, steered away from prestigious assignments, excluded from client meetings and slighted at bonus season. Anchorage Daily News, "Pregnancy discrimination is rampant inside America’s biggest companies," 16 June 2018 Would the other child, our daughter, feel slighted and less loved? New York Times, "Should I Go to a College I’ve Been Admitted to as a Legacy?," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bowman, a third-round pick in 2010, was fueled by slights — real and imagined — during his career. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Time healed NaVorro Bowman’s wounds from 49ers," 4 June 2019 Iguodala did not divulge the slight that inspired him to take the unusual step of a public show of support for a teammate. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Andre Iguodala sticks it to Raptors, then to those who would stick it to Stephen Curry," 3 June 2019 And nobody pays attention to detail and perceived character slights than Thrones fans. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kit Harington Says Game of Thrones Fans Were 'in Denial' About Dany's Fate," 20 May 2019 This wasn’t simply a team motivated by slights and an untimely loss. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Alabama remains the team to beat in college football," 2 Jan. 2018 To be clear: this isn’t said as a slight of mighty Michigan State, which played an incredible game Sunday in defeating Zion Williamson and Duke. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Farewell, Duke Zion. Hello, Knicks Zion?," 1 Apr. 2019 The slights are pervasive, with black model stars continually confronted with hairstylists and makeup artists unwilling to adapt to the nuances of working with darker skin and textured hair. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Models on Why Representation Matters," 9 Apr. 2019 While Soros's statement may have been the most candid and public slight at Gillibrand, anger with her continues to bubble on the left. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "George Soros and sexism on the left in the age of #MeToo," 11 June 2018 Benetti often encounters people at airports whose attempts at help can vertently come off as slights. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox announcer Jason Benetti recalls 'awkward moments' because of his disability — but says we should embrace them," 17 May 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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