Definition of slender in English:

slender

Syllabification: slen·der
Pronunciation: /ˈslendər
 
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adjective (slenderer, slenderest)

1(Of a person or part of the body) gracefully thin: her slender neck
More example sentences
  • This feline image was enhanced by her painted nails and thin slender body.
  • Her slender body seemed thinner then before and she had wrinkles on her skin.
  • Her slender body glided gracefully, never once bending the weakened branches.
Synonyms
slight, slightly built, thin, skinny
1.1(Especially of a rod or stem) of small girth or breadth: slender iron railings
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  • Sibling growth units in equivalent positions tended to have a more slender stem for N. dombeyi than for N. pumilio.
  • He reaches over and picks up the slender rod he plans to use to simulate a rapier.
  • What gives it panache is the way the flower teeters on its ridiculously long, slender stem.
2(Of something abstract) barely sufficient in amount or basis: a slender majority of four
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  • By a slender majority of four to three, the High Court bought the argument.
  • This may seem a somewhat slender basis for distinguishing this type of reference from a mere promise to negotiate.
  • The US House of Congress, which holds a slender Republican majority, will decide which slate of electors to accept.
Synonyms
meager, limited, slight, scanty, scant, sparse, paltry, insubstantial, insufficient, deficient, negligible
formal exiguous

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

slenderly

adverb
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  • He examined his flat, slenderly muscled stomach, noted the distinct absence of red and green from his wardrobe, and scowled smugly.
  • She stepped back and crouched so her face was slenderly below his.
  • She turned around to reveal a large gash and a piece of metal imbedded into the flesh slenderly behind her right shoulder blade.

slenderness

noun
More example sentences
  • It is a very attractive building and its slenderness and elegance will make it a very well-known structure in Dublin.
  • The slenderness of City's advantage meant the final whistle, when it finally came, was greeted with relief and applause in equal measure.
  • But given the slenderness of the plot, the result is so broad it's immediately shrill.

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