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slight

adjective \ ˈslīt \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of slight

1 a :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

slightly

adverb

slightness

noun

Examples of slight in a Sentence

  1. There is a slight chance of rain.

  2. Her head is tilted at a slight angle in the picture.

  3. If you have even the slightest doubt, then don't do it.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of slight

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

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slight

verb

Definition of slight

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

Examples of slight in a Sentence

  1. I'm sure he didn't mean to slight you.

  2. He was slighted by his colleagues.

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First Known Use of slight

1586

Synonym Discussion of slight

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

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slight

noun

Definition of slight

1 :an act or an instance of slighting
2 :an instance of being slighted :a humiliating discourtesy

Examples of slight in a Sentence

  1. refused to respond to their petty slights

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First Known Use of slight

1701



SLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

slight

adjective

Definition of slight for English Language Learners

  • : very small in degree or amount

  • : thin and not very strong or muscular


slight

verb

Definition of slight for English Language Learners

  • : to offend or insult (someone) : to treat (someone) with disrespect


SLIGHT Defined for Kids

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slight

adjective \ ˈslīt \

Definition of slight for Students

slighter; slightest
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

slightly

adverb

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slight

verb

Definition of slight for Students

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

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slight

noun

Definition of slight for Students

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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