Rhode Island, the Ocean State, climbs ever so slightly out of the depths this year to 49th place.
More people are working, at slightly higher wages, and are paying higher payroll taxes.
For many of us, she seemed two-dimensional—admirable, no doubt, in a slightly chilling way, but not entirely human.
Images of golden flowers, just slightly past their perfect prime, glowed from the flowing hemlines of black dresses.
Only the U.K. clocks in with slightly less mobility than the U.S.
"The crowd wanted to give me the money," he said, slightly perplexed.
The business-like question and tone disconcerted him slightly.
Melt the butter and when slightly brown add the milk and seasoning.
They heard that Paul's arm was broken, and that he had been slightly hurt about the head.
Next day the fever had slightly abated, when Muhamed Isa slipped gently into my tent to inquire how the Sahib was.
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.
1550s, "small amount or weight," from slight (v.). Meaning "act of intentional neglect or ignoring out of displeasure or contempt" is from 1701, probably via 17c. phrase make a slight of (1610s).