slight

adjective
\ˈslīt \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from slight

Adjective

slightly adverb
slightness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for slight

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This isn't a slight to Pippa or her brother James (or Prince Harry or Meghan Markle) who have beloved status as aunts and uncles. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Pregnant Pippa Middleton Wore Baby Blue to Her Nephew Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018 Voice recognition was spotty, perhaps due to my ever-so-slight Appalachian accent. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Mazda6 sedan gets a major update for 2018, with more elegance, tech," 29 June 2018 With map reading at its core, geography is considered a spatial subject, and boys tend to have a slight advantage in spatial skills, according to research by Liben and a geographer at Penn State, Roger Downs. NBC News, "54 students are in the National Geographic Bee finals. Just 4 are girls.," 20 May 2018 An annual count of Central Florida’s homeless population found an ever-so-slight decrease compared to the same time a year ago, a new report shows. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New report shows homeless population declining," 16 May 2018 For now, the prospects of that bill passing appear slight. Helen Branswell, STAT, "With cash and a call for new ideas, Bill Gates tries to boost the campaign for a universal flu vaccine," 27 Apr. 2018 In person, Carson was appealing: slight, soft-spoken, modest but steadily confident. Charles C. Mann, WSJ, "‘Silent Spring & Other Writings’ Review: The Right and Wrong of Rachel Carson," 26 Apr. 2018 This ever-so-slight bit of rich sweetness matches beautifully with ravioli. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Vaccaro's Trattoria keeps focus on all things Italian - family, food, wine (review)," 12 Apr. 2018 In May, a seasonally adjusted 117,000 manufacturing workers were let go, a slight decline from April. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Factory Workers’ New Perk: Job Security," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 But in their shared time on The Bachelor, Booth slighted Martinez. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Bekah Martinez Refuses To Play By The Rules Of Bachelor Nation," 22 June 2018 However, some fans see the move to Golf Channel as slighting the NHL, wondering why NBC didn’t use the NHL Network as the home for the games. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Why Golf Channel is broadcasting NHL playoff games," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The biggest slight, however, comes at the end, just as Rhodes reaches the energy transition now under way. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Energy: A Human History,’ by Richard Rhodes," 7 June 2018 Since then, about 1,000 more women work in the occupation, and now women comprise a slight of 51% majority of all workers in the field. USA TODAY, "Women in the workforce: 20 jobs that have become dominated by women," 21 Mar. 2018 The only modification to the shell was a slight cut out in the front part of the rear wheel wells to accomdate the triangular treads. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Nissan rips up Chicago Auto Show with 370Z snowmobile," 7 Feb. 2018 The situation reminded me of how a small slight between two stubborn friends can spiral into a feud, although even the most pissed-off person would probably not try to destroy his friend’s career. Adrian Chen, The New Yorker, "Ice Poseidon’s Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer," 8 Dec. 2014 Prince William selected his cousin Zara Tindall as a spiritual guide for his firstborn over his younger brother, but the move shouldn't read as a slight. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Christening Quiz You Have to Take Before Prince Louis's Baptism," 8 July 2018 The slight tempering served Plein to positive effect—at the end of the evening, which was closed by Paris Hilton in a body-suit beneath an unzipped boiler-suit, one walked away with a feeling of genuinely having had a good time. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Philipp Plein Serves Up a Tennis-Themed Sport Collection in Milan," 17 June 2018 While both operate under the same roof, a slight of one might not necessarily be problematic for the other. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: McLaren seems destined to be part of IndyCar's future — one way or another," 4 June 2018 Hutus and Tutsis who had previously lived peaceably start killing each other in a frenzy of recriminations for ancient slights. New York Times, "A French-Rwandan Rap Star Turned Novelist From Burundi," 29 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'slight.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about slight

Dictionary Entries near slight

slies

sliest

slifter

slight

slight falcon

slighting

slightish

Statistics for slight

Last Updated

2 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for slight

The first known use of slight was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

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 \
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on slight

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for slight

Spanish Central: Translation of slight

Nglish: Translation of slight for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of slight for Arabic Speakers

Comments on slight

What made you want to look up slight? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!