[ slen-der ]
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adjective,slen·der·er, slen·der·est.
  1. having a circumference that is small in proportion to the height or length: a slender post.

  2. thin or slight; light and graceful: slender youths.

  1. small in size, amount, extent, etc.; meager: a slender income.

  2. having little value, force, or justification: slender prospects.

  3. thin or weak, as sound.

Origin of slender

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English slendre, sclendre; origin unknown

synonym study 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.

Other words for slender

Opposites for slender

Other words from slender

  • slen·der·ly, adverb
  • slen·der·ness, noun
  • un·slen·der, adjective

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How to use slender in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for slender


/ (ˈslɛndə) /

  1. of small width relative to length or height

  2. (esp of a person's figure) slim and well-formed

  1. small or inadequate in amount, size, etc: slender resources

  2. (of hopes, etc) having little foundation; feeble

  3. very small: a slender margin

  4. (of a sound) lacking volume

  5. phonetics (now only in Irish phonology) relating to or denoting a close front vowel, such as i or e

Origin of slender

C14 slendre, of unknown origin

Derived forms of slender

  • slenderly, adverb
  • slenderness, noun

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