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[slen-der] /ˈslɛn dər/
adjective, slenderer, slenderest.
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
1300-50; Middle English slendre, sclendre < ?
Related forms
slenderly, adverb
slenderness, noun
unslender, adjective
2. Slender, slight, slim imply a tendency toward thinness. As applied to the human body, slender implies a generally attractive and pleasing thinness: slender hands. Slight often adds the idea of frailness to that of thinness: a slight, almost fragile, figure. Slim implies a lithe or delicate thinness: a slim and athletic figure. 4. trivial, trifling. 5. fragile, feeble, fine, delicate, flimsy.
2. fat, stocky. Unabridged
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  • Its slenderer form, and proportionately longer wings and tail, make it even more elegant looking in the air than its congener.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • Molly looks taller, slenderer than usual in her mourning robes.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • All she wanted was an inkling, a clue; the slenderer the better.

    The Immortal Moment May Sinclair
  • Then at the other, slenderer man who was rising to his feet from the pilot's bucket seat.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • He was smaller than Peter, not so much shorter as slenderer.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He was slenderer and younger than Ted, who could feel it in the fellow's build as they struggled.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car Edward C. Taylor
  • This child is of the slenderer sex and has been brought into a state of extreme weakness as the consequence of fever.

  • He had the same features as my father, but he was slenderer and more aristocratic-looking.

  • But hooded and cloaked as they were John knew at once the first and slenderer one.

    The Hosts of the Air Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Their width on the face should be two thirds of the width of the jamb, but at the bottom one fourth slenderer than above.

British Dictionary definitions for slenderer


of small width relative to length or height
(esp of a person's figure) slim and well-formed
small or inadequate in amount, size, etc: slender resources
(of hopes, etc) having little foundation; feeble
very small: a 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
Derived Forms
slenderly, adverb
slenderness, noun
Word Origin
C14 slendre, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slenderer



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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