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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.
  3. small in size, amount, extent, etc.; meager: a slender income.
  4. having little value, force, or justification: slender prospects.
  5. thin or weak, as sound.
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Origin of slender

1300–50; Middle English slendre, sclendre < ?
Related formsslen·der·ly, adverbslen·der·ness, nounun·slen·der, adjective


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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.


2. fat, stocky.
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Examples from the Web for slenderer

Historical Examples

  • Molly looks taller, slenderer than usual in her mourning robes.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • Then at the other, slenderer man who was rising to his feet from the pilot's bucket seat.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • She was slenderer than ever in the short satin petticoat that was her inner sheath.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • Its body is slenderer than that of the whale, and its fat not in so great abundance.

  • This is slenderer and smaller than the l-qrgha of those countries (Tramontana).

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

British Dictionary definitions for slenderer


  1. of small width relative to length or height
  2. (esp of a person's figure) slim and well-formed
  3. small or inadequate in amount, size, etcslender resources
  4. (of hopes, etc) having little foundation; feeble
  5. very smalla slender margin
  6. (of a sound) lacking volume
  7. phonetics (now only in Irish phonology) relating to or denoting a close front vowel, such as i or e
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Derived Formsslenderly, adverbslenderness, noun

Word Origin

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



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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