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[ slahyt ]


, slight·er, slight·est.
  1. small in amount, degree, etc.:

    a slight increase;

    a slight odor.

    Antonyms: considerable

  2. of little importance, influence, etc.; trivial:

    a slight cut.

    Synonyms: paltry, trifling, insignificant

  3. slender or slim; not heavily built.
  4. frail; flimsy; delicate:

    a slight fabric.

    Synonyms: fragile, feeble, weak

  5. of little substance or strength.

    Synonyms: inconsiderable, unsubstantial

verb (used with object)

  1. to treat as of little importance.

    Synonyms: scorn, disdain

  2. to treat (someone) with indifference; ignore, especially pointedly or contemptuously; snub:

    to be slighted by society.

  3. to do negligently; scamp:

    to slight one's studies.


  1. an act or instance of slighting or being slighted:

    The critics’ slights led her to change direction in her work.

    Synonyms: inattention, disregard, neglect

  2. a pointed and contemptuous discourtesy; affront:

    She considered not being invited an unforgivable slight.


/ slaɪt /


  1. small in quantity or extent
  2. of small importance; trifling
  3. slim and delicate
  4. lacking in strength or substance
  5. dialect.


  1. to show indifference or disregard for (someone); snub
  2. to treat as unimportant or trifling
  3. to devote inadequate attention to (work, duties, etc)


  1. an act or omission indicating supercilious neglect or indifference
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Derived Forms

  • ˈslightness, noun
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Other Words From

  • slight·er noun
  • slight·ly adverb
  • slight·ness noun
  • o·ver·slight adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of slight1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English (adjective) “smooth, sleek, slender”; compare Old English -sliht- in eorth-slihtes “even with ground”; cognate with German schlicht, Old Norse slēttr, Gothic slaihts “smooth”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of slight1

C13: from Old Norse slēttr smooth; related to Old High German slehtr, Gothic slaihts, Middle Dutch slecht simple
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Idioms and Phrases

see in the least (slightest) .
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Synonym Study

See slender. Slight, disregard, neglect, overlook mean to pay no attention or too little attention to someone or something. To slight is to give only superficial attention to something important: to slight one's work. To disregard is to pay no attention to a person or thing: to disregard the rules; in some circumstances, to disregard may be admirable: to disregard a handicap. To neglect is to shirk paying sufficient attention to a person or thing: to neglect one's correspondence. To overlook is to fail to see someone or something (possibly because of carelessness): to overlook a bill that is due. See insult.
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Example Sentences

Her slight miscalculation of how to fix the situation leads to her driving around the gas pump.

Some cuts, a few slight character changes, an idea or two about putting some humor into the script.

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.

There was a slight shuddering movement of his whole frame—Bob was dead.

And he replied shortly, and with a slight charming affectation of pride: "I did without."

Its continued presence in pulmonary tuberculosis is, however, a grave prognostic sign, even when the physical signs are slight.

All that was necessary was a slight knowledge of a Cabinet Minister, and a smattering of schooling.

His slight, thin, rather graceless figure seemed suddenly to expand, even to grow taller.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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