slen·​der | \ ˈslen-dər How to pronounce slender (audio) \

Definition of slender

1a : spare in frame or flesh especially : gracefully slight
b : small or narrow in circumference or width in proportion to length or height
2 : limited or inadequate in amount or scope : meager people of slender means

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Other Words from slender

slenderly adverb
slenderness noun

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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

Examples of slender in a Sentence

She has a slender figure. a flower with a slender stem an animal with a long, slender snout
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Recent Examples on the Web In a series of Polaroids taken to show off the collection, Reed, who is tall and slender, modelled the garments himself in silver high-heeled boots, his face framed by cascading long hair, whitened like that of an aristocrat from the ancien régime. Piczo, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 But ample evidence exists that Vietnam didn’t contain the pandemic because its people are slender. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 10 Sep. 2021 The procedure involves using a slender surgical probe known as a stylet to guide a tube down the woman's throat, according to Dr. Hudman Hoo, a pulmonologist and the medical director of St. Anthony's Hospital's ICU ward in St. Petersburg, Florida. Randi Kaye And Travis Caldwell, CNN, 11 Sep. 2021 Raducanu is slender and broad shouldered, with long limbs and a long braid that whips behind her cracking forehand. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 9 Sep. 2021 Belowdecks in the main hull are three spacious en-suite cabins, while those slender outer hulls are wide enough to accommodate all the must-have nautical toys. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2021 Chincoteague is cozied up alongside the slender 37-mile-long Assateague, a barrier island running up Virginia’s and Maryland’s coastlines. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Two key dates stand out in the slender 19-page legal filing that sent Hollywood reeling late last month as Scarlett Johansson declared war on the Walt Disney Co. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 18 Aug. 2021 Each single corn tortilla contained slender slices of pork heavily charred on one side, yet still juicy and succulent. Nick Kindelsperger,, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of slender

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slender

Middle English sclendre, slendre, from Anglo-French esclendre

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The first known use of slender was in the 14th century

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3 Oct 2021

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“Slender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slender

: thin especially in an attractive or graceful way
: very narrow : not wide
: small or limited in amount or size


slen·​der | \ ˈslen-dər How to pronounce slender (audio) \
slenderer; slenderest

Kids Definition of slender

1 : gracefully thin
2 : narrow for its height or length a slender rope
3 : very little Even on generous scholarships, the transportation was too much for our slender resources.— Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved

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