- having a circumference that is small in proportion to the height or length: a slender post.
- thin or slight; light and graceful: slender youths.
- small in size, amount, extent, etc.; meager: a slender income.
- having little value, force, or justification: slender prospects.
- thin or weak, as sound.
Origin of slender
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Examples from the Web for slender
They are always suspended over a precipice, dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
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Both are slender, toned, and have the butts of Victoria Secret models.#ButtSchool - How Porn Stars Work Out: Pop Physique Promises the Perfect Derriere
August 23, 2014
A fat red turret squatted at each corner of the building; six slender ones overlooked the parapets and gables.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
It had an unusual appearance created by its long, slender wings.Russia’s Missiles Stung the World Long Before MH17
July 20, 2014
Maps, frequently based on slender suppositions, were cued up.Who Gagged the Search for MH370?
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Strange, by what slender threads our lives are knitted to each other!Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The girl was rather short, but of a slender elegance of form that was ravishing.Within the Law
For slender purses there are cheap boats, cheap railways, and the omnibus.The Roof of France
The Road-Runner balanced on his slender legs and cocked his head trailwise.The Trail Book
She was small and slender, but no one had ever likened her to a flower.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- of small width relative to length or height
- (esp of a person's figure) slim and well-formed
- small or inadequate in amount, size, etcslender resources
- (of hopes, etc) having little foundation; feeble
- very smalla slender margin
- (of a sound) lacking volume
- phonetics (now only in Irish phonology) relating to or denoting a close front vowel, such as i or e
Word Origin and History for slender
c.1400, earlier sclendre (late 14c.), probably from a French source, often said to be from Old French esclendre "thin, slender," which could be from Old Dutch slinder, but the connections, and even the existence of these words, is doubtful. Related: Slenderly; slenderness.