\ 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


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



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


slightly adverb
slightness 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


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 Food away from home, meaning eating out, rose 0.5%, a slight increase from the 0.4% increase in August. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Oct. 2021 The Solon City School District will retain its face mask requirement for students and staff in all school buildings after experiencing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases recently. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2021 This implies a slight increase in SHOO stock price from $40.75 to $41.50 over the next month. Trefis Team, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Last year Helotes saw three incidents of violent crime with 125 property crimes reported— a slight increase from 2019, which saw only two incidents of violent crime with 81 property crimes reported, according to the UCR. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Oct. 2021 The same report found that 61% are not confident about their abilities to mitigate the risks of ransomware attacks during the COVID-19 outbreak, a slight increase from the pre-pandemic days. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 7 Oct. 2021 That’s down from an average of 2,863 daily cases a week earlier but a slight increase from a recent low of 2,669 cases per day during the week that ended Thursday. Dan Petrella,, 4 Oct. 2021 Oregonians also showed a slight increase in the frequency of indoor gatherings at bars or restaurants, Graven’s forecast shows. oregonlive, 3 Oct. 2021 Toyota had a slight increase for the quarter, but its sales in September fell sharply after it was forced to slash global production because of the chip shortage and other disruptions to its parts supplies stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The response Miss Manners dislikes is your assumption that the host intended to slight some of her guests and hog all the wine for her end of the table. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 Super Cruise’s accident rate is superb at present, while Tesla’s accident rate with Autopilot on is similar to or slight worse than with Autopilot off. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Not to slight female birds, but that plumage is not recognized as easily as that of breeding males. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 The storm prediction center has highlighted areas with a marginal to slight chance for severe weather from North Carolina stretching back to Texas. Adam Klotz, Fox News, 10 May 2021 However, Padres manager Jayce Tingler did not try to slight the impact of a potential long-term loss of Tatis. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 The suit says the school billed more than $24,000 for full time tuition for the Spring 2020 semester, which breaks down to slight more than $1,500 to $2,000 per credit hour for a traditional 12 to 16 coarse load. Edmund H. Mahony,, 26 Mar. 2021 Meteorologist Joe Goudsward said the risk is expected to increase to slight for the Little Rock area Wednesday night. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, 24 Mar. 2021 The greater enhanced risk area still includes Baton Rouge, Hammond, and the rest of southwestern Louisiana, while the risk level has dropped to slight for New Orleans, Slidell and the rest of southeastern Louisiana. Mark Schleifstein,, 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a joint statement released after Mr. Macron and President Biden talked by phone on Wednesday, the United States appeared to acknowledge the slight. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 This isn’t a slight against the Russians, Chinese, French, Dutch and everyone else. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 23 July 2021 The Netflix slight could also have some direct ramifications for Gaprindashvili’s continuing chess career. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Some Vatican-watchers had interpreted the lopsidedness of the trip as an intentional slight to Hungary. Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2021 Ante, who still harbors bitterness toward his friend over an old slight, is facing a reckoning long deferred. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 15 Aug. 2021 That’s no slight to the 13 players on UConn’s roster. Shawn Mcfarland,, 28 July 2021 That’s not a slight at Williams — a compelling enough argument simply doesn’t exist to include him on the all-under-25 team over Seattle’s Damien Lewis or New England’s Michael Onwenu. Demetrio Teniente, Dallas News, 30 June 2021 Leonard is famous for using every slight as motivation, so add this to the list. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, 31 July 2021

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First Known Use of slight


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


1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slight


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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16 Oct 2021

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“Slight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very small in degree or amount
: thin and not very strong or muscular



English Language Learners Definition of slight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to offend or insult (someone) : to treat (someone) with disrespect


\ 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


slighted; slighting

Kids Definition of slight (Entry 2 of 3)

: to treat without proper respect or courtesy I didn't mean to slight her.



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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