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slender

[slen-der] /ˈslɛn dər/
adjective, slenderer, slenderest.
1.
having a circumference that is small in proportion to the height or length:
a slender post.
2.
thin or slight; light and graceful:
slender youths.
3.
small in size, amount, extent, etc.; meager:
a slender income.
4.
having little value, force, or justification:
slender prospects.
5.
thin or weak, as sound.
Origin of slender
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English slendre, sclendre < ?
Related forms
slenderly, adverb
slenderness, noun
unslender, adjective
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
2. fat, stocky.
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Examples from the Web for slenderness
Contemporary Examples
  • At least in theory Kagan could compensate somewhat for the slenderness of her academic resume through the quality of her work.

Historical Examples
  • Since then his slenderness has developed into plumpness and his hope into certitude.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • 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

    Henry James
  • He is dark and massive—a splendid foil for his wife's slenderness and fairness.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • Yet it carried itself with an effect of tallness and slenderness and grace.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • He was counting them, to prove the slenderness of his offence.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • Its slenderness of body was remarkable, and the large head was long and lance-shaped.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • He was a little taller than Bob and slender with a slenderness that was wiry.

  • He speaks of his leanness and weakness, and of the length and slenderness of his neck.

British Dictionary definitions for slenderness

slender

/ˈslɛndə/
adjective
1.
of small width relative to length or height
2.
(esp of a person's figure) slim and well-formed
3.
small or inadequate in amount, size, etc: slender resources
4.
(of hopes, etc) having little foundation; feeble
5.
very small: a slender margin
6.
(of a sound) lacking volume
7.
(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 slenderness

slender

adj.

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.

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