- 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 slights
In any case, Pakistan as a nation has been unforgiving of any slights against Islam.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy
December 21, 2014
The discrimination and slights Abe experiences are “part and parcel of what we are experiencing in the world,” says Akhtar.Religion, Race, and a Broadway Hit: The Making of ‘Disgraced’
November 10, 2014
The most important thing, he and these experts agreed, was finding an environment where slights never escalate to violence.Obama’s $120 Million School Safety Plan
June 16, 2014
The tiniest of slights from any vaguely left-of-center source is converted into fuel for the rage machine.Twitchy! Michelle Malkin's Phony War
April 10, 2013
“It inflates the ego,” which in turn opens up endless opportunity for slights both real and perceived.John Boehner’s Holiday Party Snub
December 5, 2012
Passive, patient, long-suffering she had been the while the mortifications and slights were for herself.In the Valley
For the eye is fastened on the life, and slights the circumstance.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
She was too sensitive to slights to risk the repulses he says she accepted.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Did she not bear all the slights put upon her by those who are not half as good as she?Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
You never find he slights his work when your back is turned?Black Beauty
- 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 slights
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.