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 Hotel business ticks up: 'Guests are starting to want to feel normalcy' Like airlines, hotels are starting to see a slight uptick in business. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Is coronavirus canceling summer vacation for 2020? It depends who you ask," 21 May 2020 The poll showed a slight uptick in Trump’s approval rating, with 46% of respondents viewing him favorably and 49% unfavorably. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Bloomberg.com, "Biden Holds Sizable Edge Over Trump in Swing Counties," 12 May 2020 Trump's overall rating stands at 45 percent, a slight uptick from the previous month that actually matches a CNN-poll high from the start of his term in 2017. TheWeek, "Even some people who approve of Trump don't trust him when it comes to the coronavirus, poll shows," 12 May 2020 Even though nationwide passenger traffic has dropped by 95%, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is starting to notice a slight uptick in passenger traffic as more states loosen their restrictions designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "What Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is doing to help keep travelers safe during coronavirus," 11 May 2020 In China, official statistics have reported only a slight uptick in unemployment. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "No jobs, so what future? Half the world’s workforce on the edge.," 6 May 2020 Ward already has a Pro Bowl, but making another could mean a slight uptick in his salary in 2022. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "The Browns, fifth-year options and how a CBA change impacts the next two up," 5 May 2020 According to Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, overall occupancy has seen a slight uptick to around 18% for the weekend. al, "Alabama shatters tourism records in 2019, but 2020 looks bleak," 3 May 2020 Cuomo reports slight uptick in deaths but fewer hospitalizations in New York. New York Times, "Watch Now: Governor Cuomo Gives Coronavirus Update," 3 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Now the Daily Mail source claiming to be close with the couple says it’s Meghan and, by extension, Harry who feel slighted. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Feels ‘Picked On’ by the Royals," 27 Feb. 2020 The man indicated that his former friend had slighted him by not attending his mother’s funeral. cleveland, "Window smashed and items stolen from vehicle parked at the Citadel: Chagrin Falls Police Blotter," 2 Mar. 2020 After losing the first Super Bowl 35-10 to the Green Bay Packers in 1967, the Chiefs felt deeply slighted. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Remember the last time the Chiefs played in the Super Bowl? Joe Kapp does," 31 Jan. 2020 The enforcement of this sometimes-shifting boundary can send people who find themselves on the outside further away from mainstream science, fostering a sense of antagonism and slighted outsiderism. Sarah Scoles, Wired, "What Scientists Can Learn From Alien Hunters," 10 Feb. 2020 Even though Crimsix felt slighted in his exit from Optic after the team fell apart in 2019 during his free agency period, the talk still went in a playful direction. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "‘Living rent free’: Opening match of Call of Duty League highlights trash talk, foreshadows continued rivalry as Chicago Huntsmen upset Dallas Empire," 25 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, this personal slight became a matter of national democratic urgency. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "In Defense of Rude Politics," 10 Mar. 2020 Anyone doubting the board's commitment to public education — a veiled slight at Beshear — should look at this agenda's priorities, Houchens added. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Board of Education weighs 2020 priorities despite uncertain future under Beshear," 4 Dec. 2019 China has long been sensitive to slights on the global stage, especially since its astronomic economic rise hasn’t brought greater say in global institutions like the World Bank. Washington Post, "Why Foreign Firms Are Walking on Eggshells in China," 6 Nov. 2019 The turnout was testament to the bond these teams have, one that outlasts any petty differences or slights or irritations of the moment. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Four years later, Tim Lincecum returns to the Giants to honor Bochy," 29 Sep. 2019 In the show, Fox again and again claims that his condition is to blame for slights to Larry: a soda shaken up too much, a habit of treading heavily on his floor/Larry’s ceiling. Peter Allen Clark, Time, "The 12 Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Cameos of All Time," 17 Jan. 2020 In her statement, Slotkin took similar slights that moderates have done against Sanders' policies. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: All eyes on Michigan, the biggest delegate prize in Tuesday's primaries," 6 Mar. 2020 In a wide-ranging interview with The Lefkoe Show, Burrow was asked about past slights in terms of motivation. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Joe Burrow: Alabama wanted me to be the third-string quarterback," 24 Feb. 2020 Swinney turned perceived slights into fuel for his team. Ralph D. Russo, SFChronicle.com, "Clemson can join elite company with championship-game win against LSU," 12 Jan. 2020

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.

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

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Slight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slight. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for slight

slight

adjective
How to pronounce slight (audio)

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

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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