adjective, slight·er, slight·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of slight
Examples from the Web for slight
Her slight miscalculation of how to fix the situation leads to her driving around the gas pump.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The traditional wisdom is “action is character,” and their evolution is one, with a slight edge to character.
He had a tailor who ran up dozens of the same suit in different sizes to account for slight variations in his weight.
Dawn was rising on November 24, 1964, and there was a slight fog but otherwise clear visibility.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Several polls over the last few months—including in early October—have showed Grimes with a slight lead over McConnell.
A slight figure could be seen immediately above the bulwark on the land side.Lochinvar|S. R. Crockett
She was slight and, as I found afterward, for a woman very tall and exceedingly graceful.Latitude 19 degree|Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
On this account he overcame his slight feeling against Mr. Dare, and put a question to test that gentleman's capacities.A Laodicean|Thomas Hardy
She sat upright in her chair again, with a slight impatient shake of the head.The Book of Susan|Lee Wilson Dodd
Slight movements of the hands from the wrists will keep the body floating.Swimming Scientifically Taught|Frank Eugen Dalton and Louis C. Dalton
Word Origin for slight
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.
see in the least (slightest).