That slighting reference to gentlemen adventurers, with just a perceptible emphasis of the adventurers, was not to his taste.
And when we were some distance away he made a slighting remark about Millie.
The master looked at me with a slighting expression of countenance as much as to say 'you are a wise one!
He repelled the suggestion by a slighting gesture of the hand.
She never gave people unnecessary food for gossip—any slighting of her irritated him, she was careful to spare him that.
I did wrong in slighting your injunction, and suffering Lilian to do so.
How did it come to be that men should have slighting opinions of her, of all people, and so slap them across her face?
After all, we have only followed the custom of the place in slighting the cathedral.
But it was an eccentricity which carried with it none of the slighting estimations which usually accompany the term.
Galatea, therefore, is for ever slighting the sculptor's affection.
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.