slender

[ slen-der ]
/ ˈslɛn dər /

adjective, slen·der·er, slen·der·est.

having a circumference that is small in proportion to the height or length: a slender post.
thin or slight; light and graceful: slender youths.
small in size, amount, extent, etc.; meager: a slender income.
having little value, force, or justification: slender prospects.
thin or weak, as sound.

Origin of slender

1300–50; Middle English slendre, sclendre < ?
SYNONYMS FOR slender
2 Slender, slight, slim imply a tendency toward thinness. As applied to the human body, slender implies a generally attractive and pleasing thinness: slender hands. Slight often adds the idea of frailness to that of thinness: a slight, almost fragile, figure. Slim implies a lithe or delicate thinness: a slim and athletic figure.
4 trivial, trifling.
5 fragile, feeble, fine, delicate, flimsy.
Related formsslen·der·ly, adverbslen·der·ness, nounun·slen·der, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for slender

slender

/ (ˈslɛndə) /

adjective

Derived Formsslenderly, adverbslenderness, noun

Word Origin for slender

C14 slendre, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slender

slender


adj.

c.1400, earlier sclendre (late 14c.), probably from a French source, often said to be from Old French esclendre "thin, slender," which could be from Old Dutch slinder, but the connections, and even the existence of these words, is doubtful. Related: Slenderly; slenderness.

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