Origin of slighting
adjective, slight·er, slight·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of slight
Synonyms for slight
Antonyms for slight
Examples from the Web for slighting
Historical Examples of slighting
Let the world be as critical or slighting as it may, these things are successes.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
He repelled the suggestion by a slighting gesture of the hand.The Rescue
He must have seen the woman—but he is angry with me, for—for—slighting him—as he thinks—but he was wrong.The Golden Dog
And when we were some distance away he made a slighting remark about Millie.The Jucklins
I did wrong in slighting your injunction, and suffering Lilian to do so.A Strange Story, Complete
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).