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slight

Synonyms of slight in English:

adjective

  • 1 the chance of success is slight
    small, modest, little, tiny, minute, inappreciable, imperceptible, infinitesimal, hardly worth mentioning, negligible, inconsiderable, insignificant, minimal, marginal;
    remote, scant, slim, outside;
    faint, vague, subtle, gentle
    informalminuscule
    rareexiguous
    [Antonyms] big, considerable
  • 2 the book is a slight work by his usual standards
    informalpenny-ante
    British informaltwopenny-halfpenny
    North American informalnickel-and-dime
    [Antonyms] major, substantial
  • 3 Elizabeth's slight figure
    slim, slender, slightly built, petite, diminutive, small, delicate, dainty, small-boned, elfin;
    thin, skinny, size-zero, spare, puny, undersized, frail, weak;
    Scottish wee
    informalpint-sized, pocket-size
    [Antonyms] sturdy, burly, muscular
  • 4 slight, flat-bottomed boats made only of timber
    flimsy, insubstantial, fragile, frail, rickety, jerry-built
    [Antonyms] strong, robust
  • verb

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  • he was convinced that he had been socially slighted
    insult, snub, rebuff, repulse, spurn, treat disrespectfully, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, brush off, turn one's back on, keep at arm's length, disregard, ignore, cut (dead), neglect, take no notice of, disdain, scorn
    informal, , datedgive someone the go-by
    raremisprize, scout
    [Antonyms] respect, welcome
  • noun

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  • she often started rows in response to what she saw as slights on Nicky's part
    insult, affront, slur, disparaging remark;
    spurning, cold-shouldering, disregard, rudeness, disrespect, disdain, scorn
    informalput-down, dig, brush-off, kick in the teeth, slap in the face
    [Antonyms] compliment
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