- small in amount, degree, etc.: a slight increase; a slight odor.
- of little importance, influence, etc.; trivial: a slight cut.
- slender or slim; not heavily built.
- frail; flimsy; delicate: a slight fabric.
- of little substance or strength.
- to treat as of little importance.
- to treat (someone) with indifference; ignore, especially pointedly or contemptuously; snub: to be slighted by society.
- to do negligently; scamp: to slight one's studies.
- an act or instance of slighting or being slighted: The critics’ slights led her to change direction in her work.
- a pointed and contemptuous discourtesy; affront: She considered not being invited an unforgivable slight.
Origin of slight
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Examples from the Web for slighted
Diamond is slighted with a trip to a mall in South Carolina.How Bad Was 'The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story'?
September 2, 2014
Salem the prep school kid felt so slighted by a paltry $3 million bonus in 2011 that he left the firm.Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat
June 26, 2014
Stefani, you have disrespected and slighted the entire Native American people with your counterfeit portrayal of our heritage.The Uproar Over No Doubt’s Native American Video Gaffe
November 6, 2012
And notoriously demanding Iowa voters can be unforgiving when they feel a candidate has slighted them by spending time elsewhere.Herman Cain’s Packed Speaking Schedule
David A. Graham
July 27, 2011
But he admired Hester, and the more she slighted him the more he was determined to force her to like him.Brave and Bold
I should not have a doubt of it were she slighted for any other woman in the world than her own mother.Lady Susan
Does he imagine that Olivia is to be slighted with impunity?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
For many months she had put the subject away, but it was too big to be slighted now.Howards End
E. M. Forster
You had wooed and slighted me, yet you had made me love you, and if you were not for me I swore you should be for no other.Bardelys the Magnificent
- small in quantity or extent
- of small importance; trifling
- slim and delicate
- lacking in strength or substance
- Southwest English dialect ill
- to show indifference or disregard for (someone); snub
- to treat as unimportant or trifling
- US to devote inadequate attention to (work, duties, etc)
- an act or omission indicating supercilious neglect or indifference
Word Origin and History for slighted
early 14c., "flat, smooth; hairless," probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse slettr "smooth, sleek," from Proto-Germanic *slikhtaz (cf. Old Saxon slicht; Low German slicht "smooth, plain common;" Old English -sliht "level," attested in eorðslihtes "level with the ground;" Old Frisian sliucht "smooth, slight," Middle Dutch sleht "even, plain," Old High German sleht, Gothic slaihts "smooth"), probably from a collateral form of PIE *sleig- "to smooth, glide, be muddy," from root *(s)lei- "slimy" (see slime (n.)).
Sense evolution probably is from "smooth" (c.1300), to "slim, slender; of light texture," hence "not good or strong; insubstantial, trifling, inferior, insignificant" (early 14c.). Meaning "small in amount" is from 1520s. Sense of German cognate schlecht developed from "smooth, plain, simple" to "bad, mean, base," and as it did it was replaced in the original senses by schlicht, a back-formation from schlichten "to smooth, to plane," a derivative of schlecht in the old sense [Klein].
c.1300, "make plain or smooth," from slight (adj.) Meaning "treat with indifference" (1590s) is from the adjective in sense of "having little worth." Related: Slighted; slighting.