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 There was a slight chance of thunderstorms around the east and northeast Valley on Wednesday afternoon and evening, which could come with wind gusts of more than 35 mph. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2021 There's a slight chance for isolated showers on Monday and Tuesday but after that skies should clear up for most of the week. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 15 June 2021 Temperatures will top out in the mid-80s, with a slight chance of an afternoon shower or two. Washington Post, 13 June 2021 Rain may be heavy at times, and there will be a slight chance of thunder. oregonlive, 11 June 2021 Extended forecast for Northeast Ohio Expect a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning and afternoon with mostly sunny skies and a high near 84 and calm winds on Saturday. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 10 June 2021 Partly cloudy with a slight chance of a stray storm. Dallas News, 7 June 2021 Friday and Saturday may see a slight chance of rain, meteorologists said. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 There is a slight chance of thunderstorms Saturday before 8 a.m. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Super Cruise’s accident rate is superb at present, while Tesla’s accident rate with Autopilot on is similar to or slight worse than with Autopilot off. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Not to slight female birds, but that plumage is not recognized as easily as that of breeding males. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 The storm prediction center has highlighted areas with a marginal to slight chance for severe weather from North Carolina stretching back to Texas. Adam Klotz, Fox News, 10 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 18 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Does that one over there remember my slight from two months ago? Arkansas Online, 6 June 2021 And that's not a slight the other quarterbacks in the draft like Zach Wilson and Justin Fields and Mac Jones, who was a national champion at Alabama. Todd Wasserman, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Maybe that video slight will be used as a little extra motivation? Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2021 Russia ranks behind Australia and Indonesia — no slight intended toward either — and just ahead of Spain. Ken Roberts, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Close had some choice thoughts about the omission — one slight in a long line of academy snubs that veteran director Lee has endured — but ABC bleeped them out. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 The regime in Pyongyang, which sees its leader, Kim Jong-un, as a godlike figure, responds strongly to any possible slight from the United States. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 Medina: This isn't a slight on the Jazz or any other team. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2021 The Wildcats, needless to say, were not amused by the slight. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Slight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slight. Accessed 18 Jun. 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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