- 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 slenderness
At least in theory Kagan could compensate somewhat for the slenderness of her academic resume through the quality of her work.The Next Harriet Miers?
May 1, 2010
Since then his slenderness has developed into plumpness and his hope into certitude.My Double Life
But, as I had anticipated, our security lay in our slenderness.The Frozen Pirate
W. Clark Russell
But the grey in this case was not so pure, nor were the straightness and the slenderness so maidenly.The Tragic Muse</p>
He is dark and massive—a splendid foil for his wife's slenderness and fairness.Mistress Anne
Yet it carried itself with an effect of tallness and slenderness and grace.The Combined Maze
- 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 slenderness
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.