Definition of slight in English:

slight

Syllabification: slight
Pronunciation: /slīt
 
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adjective

1Small in degree; inconsiderable: a slight increase a slight ankle injury the chance of success is very slight
More example sentences
  • In virtually every case, however, the degree of degradation was slight enough to be inconsequential.
  • Five of six genes, regardless of X or autosomal location, are increased in expression to a slight degree in mutant females.
  • Now that mightn't be just be in number of cases, it might just be in slight increases in margin return over time.
Synonyms
small, modest, tiny, minute, inappreciable, negligible, insignificant, minimal, remote, slim, faint, razor-thin
informal minuscule
Lawde minimis
formal exiguous
1.1(Especially of a creative work) not profound or substantial; somewhat trivial or superficial: a slight plot
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  • The earliest concertos composed for square piano are slight works, diverting but lightweight.
  • It's a slight work, but gives an insight into Puccini's early creativity.
  • Abelard also wrote a slight work of practical advice for his son.
Synonyms
minor, inconsequential, trivial, unimportant, lightweight, superficial, shallow; Lawde minimis
2(Of a person or their build) not sturdy and strongly built: she was slight and delicate-looking
More example sentences
  • She was small, and thin, with a slight build, and dark, shoulder-length hair; I couldn't tell if it was black or dark brown.
  • He was short, perhaps even a little smaller than she, and, despite his enveloping cloak, she suspected that he was slight in build as well.
  • Except for the fact that his hair was a solid black, the thin, slight boy of about fifteen or sixteen bore an uncanny resemblance to Kunihiko.
Synonyms
slim, slender, petite, diminutive, small, delicate, dainty

verb

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1Insult (someone) by treating or speaking of them without proper respect or attention: he was careful not to slight a guest
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  • Joey's management company, afraid that the film was slighting their dead client for Johnny, demanded that the film-makers find more interview footage of Joey before okaying the final cut.
  • It seems Mr Wyatt thought the injured person slighted him in some way but this offence is totally out of character.
  • They can be excessive in their devotions to Carlyle and Henry James and their denunciations can at times be annoying in slighting great writers such as Thackeray and Jane Austen.
Synonyms
insult, snub, rebuff, repulse, spurn, treat disrespectfully, give someone the cold shoulder, scorn
informal give someone the brush-off, freeze out
insulting, disparaging, derogatory, disrespectful, denigratory, pejorative, abusive, offensive, defamatory, slanderous, scurrilous; disdainful, scornful, contemptuous
archaic contumelious
2 archaic Raze or destroy (a fortification).
More example sentences
  • Temporarily Hadrian's Wall became redundant; gates were removed from the milecastles, and parts of the Vallum were deliberately slighted to form additional crossings.
  • This establishment was severely damaged by flooding at the end of the second century and rebuilt in much the same form, only to be slighted during the barbarian incursions of AD 276.
  • In recognition of the part that castles had played in the war, the majority of surviving buildings were deliberately slighted by the victorious parliamentarians.

noun

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An insult caused by a failure to show someone proper respect or attention: an unintended slight can create grudges he was seething at the slight to his authority
More example sentences
  • They can go to school, do everything right, and still not get that job, still deal with casual slights and insults, still get stopped by the police.
  • However, between Hindu and Muslim communities, even rumors, supposed slights, or perceived insults can result in mass riots.
  • All of us when we're in politics suffer real or imagined slights, insults, whatever, but the fact is they were bad things.
Synonyms
insult, affront, snub, rebuff
informal put-down, brush-off, dig

Origin

Middle English; the adjective from Old Norse sléttr 'smooth' (an early sense in English), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch slechts 'merely' and German schlicht 'simple', schlecht 'bad'; the verb (originally in the sense 'make smooth or level'), from Old Norse slétta. The sense 'treat with disrespect' dates from the late 16th century.

Phrases

not in the slightest

Not at all: he didn’t mind in the slightest
More example sentences
  • What happened in Darwen proves that is not the case, not in the slightest.
  • ‘Absolutely not in the slightest,’ says Bowdler.
  • ‘No mate, not in the slightest, truly,’ explains Paul.

the slightest ——

[usually with negative] Any —— whatsoever: I don’t have the slightest idea
More example sentences
  • But then again, it was a recording, and the slightest errors would show up.
  • Aviation/space is simply not forgiving of even the slightest errors.
  • But if the multimillionaires harbor even the slightest doubts about their qualifications for solving social and geopolitical ills, they don't express it.

Derivatives

slightish

adjective
More example sentences
  • Shepherd was of medium height and slightish build with a serious manner but a dry sense of humour.
  • The stereotypes, of course, change: before, it was the dark hair, the small and small-boned haughty elegance, the slightish mouth.
  • Shortish and slightish, he can appear spiky, but is more curious than combative.

slightness

noun
More example sentences
  • But sometimes when we are out, she still slips her hand into mine as we walk, and each time she does it, I feel the fragile-boned slightness of her hand and wonder, is this the last time?
  • An innately talented midfielder with a sweet left foot and sharp brain, Dillon's slightness of stature is perhaps the only thing that prevents him making it at a higher level.
  • It is possible to admire her amazing grace and athleticism, yet still be somewhat unnerved by the slightness of her frame.

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