Origin of slant

First recorded in 1485–95; aphetic variant of aslant
Related formsslant·ing·ly, slant·ly, adverbun·slant·ed, adjectiveun·slant·ing, adjective

Synonyms for slant

1. lean, incline. See slope. 6. incline, inclination, pitch, obliquity, obliqueness.

Usage note

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Examples from the Web for slant

Contemporary Examples of slant

Historical Examples of slant

  • A puff of wind and a slant of rain, as I've been saying to my gel here.

  • A bluebottle buzzed about the ceiling; a slant of sunlight crossed the floor.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • The slant of the moonlight had died off the floor, and all was dark.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • "Just a slant of rain maybe, and a puff of wind," said Csar.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Put a pencil in it, letting the pencil rest at a slant from left to right.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

British Dictionary definitions for slant



to incline or be inclined at an oblique or sloping angle
(tr) to write or present (news, etc) with a bias
(intr foll by towards) (of a person's opinions) to be biased


an inclined or oblique line or direction; slope
a way of looking at something
a bias or opinion, as in an article
a less technical name for solidus
on a slant or on the slant sloping


oblique, sloping
Derived Formsslanting, adjectiveslantingly or slantly, adverb

Word Origin for slant

C17: short for aslant, probably of Scandinavian origin
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Word Origin and History for slant

1520s, "to strike obliquely" (against something), alteration of slenten "slip sideways" (c.1300), perhaps via a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish slinta "to slip," Norwegian slenta "to fall on one side"), from Proto-Germanic *slintanan. Intransitive sense of "to slope, to lie obliquely" is first recorded 1690s; transitive sense of "to give a sloping direction to" is from 1805. Related: Slanted; slanting. As an adverb from late 15c.; as an adjective from 1610s. Slant rhyme attested from 1944.


1650s, "an oblique direction or plane" (originally of landforms), from slant (v.). Meaning "a way of regarding something" is from 1905. Derogatory slang sense of "a slant-eyed Asian person" is recorded from 1943, from earlier slant-eyes (1929).

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