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

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

Ray Donaldson Donaldson's case is almost identical to Saturday's, though give Saturday a slight edge. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Which of the Colts' 8 nominees will make the Pro Football Hall of Fame?," 13 Sep. 2019 Democrats now have a slight voter registration edge over Republicans in the 9th council district, which includes Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Scripps Ranch, Sabre Springs and neighboring communities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Democrats now outnumber Republicans in every San Diego council district," 12 Sep. 2019 Boston has a slight edge in the bullpens with relievers combining for a 4.17 ERA compared to Toronto’s aggregate 4.57 rate. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays odds, picks and betting tips," 10 Sep. 2019 The global smartphone industry is slowing, as the market is already saturated and new models offer only slight improvements. Washington Post, "Why Apple’s newest iPhones might not generate the buzz of years past," 6 Sep. 2019 The numbers do show a slight improvement: Road deaths were 7 percent lower in 2018, with 22,491 deaths compared with 24,237 in 2015. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Thailand’s Roads Are Deadly. Especially if You’re Poor.," 19 Aug. 2019 Occasional patchwork has made a slight improvement but soon again the road is a mess. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Paving all of Interstate 680 will be done in stages: Roadshow," 14 Aug. 2019 Elliana ended up placing third at the Pittsburgh competition, a slight improvement over JoJo. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Watch 'Dance Moms' Stars Elliana Walmsley and Lilly Ketchman Recreate Jojo Siwa’s Solos," 27 July 2019 Either way, MagicDock has some slight improvements over what is available on the Surface side. Tom Warren, The Verge, "MagicDock is a Surface-like dock for the iPad Pro," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last year’s summit, hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, ended in acrimony when Trump felt he had been slighted by Trudeau after the president left the meeting. Jill Colvin, BostonGlobe.com, "Global economic slowdown hovers over Trump and other G-7 leaders at summit," 24 Aug. 2019 Last year’s summit, hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, ended in acrimony when Trump felt he had been slighted by Trudeau after the president left the meeting. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Economic storm clouds hovering over Trump and global leaders," 24 Aug. 2019 What gets slighted in that list are items like roads and bridges, government services such as police and fire protection, public schools and teachers. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Two billionaires explain why they shouldn’t pay more taxes, unlike you poor saps," 15 Aug. 2019 They could be worried that those family members will feel slighted at the lack of an invite, or be saddened at missing the opportunity to celebrate with you. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The wedding plan: Perspective sharing," 18 Aug. 2019 Regardless of any lack of respect, the Blazers aren’t sneaking up on anyone and must keep the mentality even when slighted or underrated. Evan Dudley, al, "7 things to look for as UAB starts fall camp," 1 Aug. 2019 While Richardson says he had never been slighted by teachers or mentors, his peers were a different story. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "SMU gaming app aims to teach millions of U.S. adults who can't read," 1 Aug. 2019 Top committee Republican Jim Jordan of Ohio argued that Kerner felt slighted by Conway and sought to punish her. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "House panel OKs subpoena for Conway after she spurns hearing," 26 June 2019 Photography was slighted, and that’s been remedied. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition Takes a Traditional Turn," 13 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Marie struggles with the slight of being nominated for the Nobel prize only after Pierre refuses to accept it without her. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Radioactive': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 The same can be said of his young quarterback, who carries with him the anger of perceived recruiting slights in college, seemingly making headlines every other week with another display of confidence—or arrogance, depending on your perspective. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "Welcome to Cleveland, Where the Browns Are True Contenders," 20 Aug. 2019 Much of it revolves around the drug trade, and avenging past deeds, whether slights or slaughters. The Economist, "Baltimore needs help to fix its crime problems," 1 Aug. 2019 These slights reveal Trump’s fondness for a rhetorical device called synecdoche. John M. Murphy, The Conversation, "The rhetorical trick Trump used on the ‘Squad’ and how it could affect the vote," 30 July 2019 Her family has faced racist threats and slights over the years, and her husband’s mayoral election was not warmly received by all. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why America remains a beacon of hope for Liberian refugee," 24 July 2019 One of the most common, and tired, slights about K-pop groups is that having a large amount of members means having a few missing in action can't possibly affect the team. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "TWICE Begin First U.S. Tour With Openness & Understanding of Mental Health," 19 July 2019 Brown said her players took the slights and ran with them. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Girls lacrosse: Breck edges Forest Lake in state quarters," 11 June 2019 The hope among McGrath's people is that by December 2019 and beyond, Kentucky will think more about McConnell's coal miner slights, their own interests and her populist message than about those first two weeks. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "On Politics: Amy McGrath's next mission? Finding the reset button before 2020," 9 July 2019

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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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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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