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

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

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 is a slight chance for thunderstorms and hail. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday weather: One more day of sunny, warm temps; clouds, rain for weekend," 26 June 2020 At the February board meeting, regents had approved a slight tuition and fee increase, but that has since been frozen and postponed at least until Spring 2021. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Lone Star College System fares well in pandemic," 26 June 2020 Overnight there is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low around 61. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati weather: Saharan Desert dust, thunderstorms coming this week," 23 June 2020 Hospitals around the state say there are 23 people with positive cases or those under investigation right now, a slight increase. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s active COVID-19 case count hits new high but hospitalizations rise by just one," 17 June 2020 Highs return to the mid 80s on Thursday with a slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Sunny and warmer: Northeast Ohio’s Wednesday weather forecast," 16 June 2020 Cincinnati forecast this week Monday: A slight chance of showers after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Keely Brown, Cincinnati.com, "Weather phenom shows hurricane-like scene sweeping over Ohio Valley (but don't worry, it's not)," 15 June 2020 Temperatures will fall another 5 to 10 degrees on Friday, and on Saturday a slight chance of morning rain was predicted due to the edge of a storm system from the Pacific Northwest. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area cooling centers offer a little relief from heat wave during pandemic," 3 June 2020 The weekend starts with a Saturday cold front along with a slight chance of a morning shower or thunderstorm, but then mostly sunny afternoon skies will arrive with falling humidity as highs reach the upper 80s. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Partly cloudy today with blast of heat, humidity Wednesday," 2 June 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 DeWine said his decision to not join Pence for the reopening of the closed General Motors facility under a new company shouldn’t be taken as a slight toward the administration. cleveland, "Mike DeWine won’t join Mike Pence in Lordstown, didn’t ask VP to wear mask during Thursday visit," 23 June 2020 Thanksgiving gathering when a slight from Issa cemented her frustration. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Insecure Is Finally Growing Up," 18 June 2020 Now, Tortorella understands that the protests are not meant as a slight to the military. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella no longer against protests during anthem," 11 June 2020 He was freshly arrived at the University of Heidelberg, where saber fencing over slights, known as Mensur, was ingrained in undergraduate culture. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, "The Defender of Differences," 13 May 2020 Romeo Okwara, the Lions' fifth-year defensive end and Julian's older brother, said he's enthralled with Jordan's competitiveness and relates to how the five-time MVP used slights, real and invented, to drive him on the court. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "'The Last Dance' captivates Detroit Lions who never saw Michael Jordan play: 'It's bleeping amazing'," 11 May 2020 When recounting old slights, Jordan’s eyes go wide. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "‘The Last Dance’: The 23 most fascinating takeaways from Episodes 7 and 8," 10 May 2020 Yet having been silenced by laughter and left alone to process years of slights, by both white and Latinx individuals because of my color, I was submerged in shame. Norma Newton, New York Times, "I’m Darker Than My Daughter. Here’s Why It Matters.," 15 Apr. 2020 These were tasks that necessitated slight, measured movements and taut physical rigidity. Longreads, "“The Leaky Vessel”: On Lewis Carroll and the Perils of Being Female," 27 Mar. 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Slight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slight. Accessed 5 Jul. 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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