Definition of slight in English:


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Pronunciation: /slʌɪt


  • 2(Of a person or their build) not sturdy; thin or slender: she was slight and delicate-looking
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    • 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.
    slim, slender, slightly built, petite, diminutive, small, delicate, dainty, small-boned, elfin; thin, skinny, size-zero, spare, puny, undersized, frail, weak; Scottish wee
    informal pint-sized, pocket-size
    rare gracile, attenuate


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  • 2 archaic Raze or destroy (a fortification): a Council determined whether the Fort should be kept or slighted
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    • 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.


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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
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    • 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.
    insult, affront, slur, disparaging remark; snub, rebuff, rejection; spurning, cold-shouldering, disregard, rudeness, disrespect, disdain, scorn
    informal put-down, dig, brush-off, kick in the teeth, slap in the face


not in the slightest

Not at all: he didn’t mind in the slightest
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  • 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
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  • 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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.

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