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slender

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of slender

  1. 1 being of less than usual width graceful, slender table legs Synonyms of slender fine, hairline, needlelike, paper-thin, skinny, narrow, slim, slim-jim, thin, ultrathinWords Related to slender attenuate, attenuated, elongate (or elongated), linear; bottleneck, close, compressed, condensed, constricted, contracted, squeezed, tight, tightened; lanky, rangy, reedy, shoestring, spindly, stalky, stringy, twiggy, willowy, wispy; lank, spareNear Antonyms of slender chunky, squat, stocky, stumpy, thick, thickset; bulky, massive, voluminous; thickish, widishAntonyms of slender broad, fat, wide

  2. 2 having a noticeably small amount of body fat unsurprisingly, the aerobics instructor is slender and athletic Synonyms of slender bony (also boney), fatless, lean, lithe, skinny, thin, slim, spare, svelteWords Related to slender clean-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, slightNear Antonyms of slender beefy, 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, roundAntonyms of slender chubby, corpulent, fat, gross, obese, overweight, plump, portly, rotund, tubby

  3. 3 less plentiful than what is normal, necessary, or desirable people of slender means simply can't afford those prices Synonyms of slender exiguous, hand-to-mouth, light, niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, skimp, skimpy, meager, slim, spare, sparing, sparse, stingyWords Related to slender deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, short, wanting; bare, bare-bones; least, littlest, lowest, mere, minimal, slightest; slight, small, thin; barren, infertile, sterile, unfruitful, unproductiveNear Antonyms of slender adequate, enough, satisfactory, sufficient, tolerable; fat, fecund, fertile, fruitful, prolific, rich; lavish, luxuriant; blooming, bursting, flourishing, proliferative, swarming, teeming, thriving; excess, extra, surplusAntonyms of slender abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, generous, liberal, plenteous, plentiful

Synonym Discussion of slender

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


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