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Examples of svelte in a Sentence
She has a svelte figure.
the svelte dancer seemed to float across the stage
Recent Examples of svelte from the Web
Earlier on the red carpet, Perry donned a svelte white dress.
Biggest loser: Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Keenen King lost 21 pounds, going from 324 pounds to a svelte 6-foot-4, 303 pounds.
Kansas senior guard Svi Mykhailiuk reported for the first day of Bill Self’s Basketball Boot Camp at a svelte 6-foot-8, 207 pounds.
The three musicians have grown from talented tweens to svelte, beyond-hansom thirty somethings.
Given the envelope, the Odyssey was never going to look svelte.
At Audi’s claimed curb weight of 3946 pounds, this RS4 station wagon is no lightweight, but it is said to be 176 pounds more svelte than its predecessor despite added safety and comfort equipment.
For something smaller, try the new Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX370), which measures a svelte 10.9mm thin and weighs a mere 1.1 kg.
From Grindr to Scruff, Hornet to Jack’d, the digital platforms are best known for dredging up flakey users, svelte-only fat-shamers, masc-4-masc femme-phobes, and it’s-a-personal-preference racists.
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Did You Know?
Svelte came to us, by way of French, from Italian svelto, which itself comes from the Italian verb svellere, meaning "to pluck out" or "to pull or stretch out." In English svelte has been used since the early 19th century to describe a slender appearance, as in A.B. Granville's 1838 description of a countess who was "tall, svelte, pale, and interesting." By the 20th century, English speakers had stretched the word's meaning to suggest an urbane or suave nature—as poet Ezra Pound did when he described "svelte Verona," a city he visited in north Italy.
Synonymsbony (also boney), fatless, lean, lithe, skinny, slender, slim, spare, thin
Antonymschubby, corpulent, fat, gross, obese, overweight, plump, portly, rotund, tubby
Related Wordsclean-limbed, trim; sylphlike, willowy; angular, rawboned, scraggy, scrawny, sinewy, wiry; lank, lanky, rangy, reedy, spindling, spindly, stringy, twiggy, waspish, weedy; anorectic (also anoretic), anorexic, cadaverous, emaciated, gaunt, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted, wizened; meager (or meagre), puny, slight
Near Antonymsbeefy, bulky, chunky, fleshy, heavy, heavyset, stocky, stout, thick, thickset, weighty; brawny, burly, husky; dumpy, pudgy, roly-poly, squat, stubby; paunchy, potbellied; flabby, soft; buxom, zaftig (also zoftig); fleshed-out, full, hippy, round
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