- 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 slightest
Giving in, even the slightest amount to international gangsters, will only invite higher prices and worse consequences.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
At any moment, the slightest loss in concentration could see a disastrous tumble.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
Save for Warburton himself, not one of them ever offered us the slightest assistance, or, indeed, even spoke to us.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Over the next seven long minutes, the woman made not the slightest effort to assist him.The Black Widow of Silicon Valley
July 14, 2014
Celebrities are people who have the power to win people's attention even for the slightest moment.We Should Celebrate Social Media's Slaying of Robin Thicke
July 4, 2014
She must never be worried with the slightest inkling of what has happened.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
"I've not the slightest doubt of that," returned the old lady with asperity.Viviette
William J. Locke
He was right about one thing: Gracie Dennis had not the slightest idea of dying.
You will remember that she had not the slightest faith in Dirk.
He had not the slightest idea where he was, nor of what he ought to do next.Rico and Wiseli
- 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 slightest
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.