[ slahy-ting ]
See synonyms for: slightingslightingly on

  1. derogatory and disparaging; belittling.

Origin of slighting

First recorded in 1605–15; slight + -ing2

Other words from slighting

  • slight·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby slighting Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use slighting in a sentence

  • Phœbe Chiffinch, I am glad to add, was jilted by her uninteresting lover, who little knew what a fortune he was slighting.

    Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • The latter drew slighting comparisons, and remembered that he was the only one who ever apologised.

    Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson
  • She puts her chair aside and turns to the steps, adding, with slighting composure, as she passes Crampton.

    You Never Can Tell | George Bernard Shaw
  • She sits down with slighting indifference, at the end of the table nearest the window.

    You Never Can Tell | George Bernard Shaw
  • A young man slighting the lovely heroine of the little comedy and making love to her grandmother!

    A Mortal Antipathy | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

British Dictionary definitions for slighting


/ (ˈslaɪtɪŋ) /

  1. characteristic of a slight; disparaging; disdainful: in a slighting manner

Derived forms of slighting

  • slightingly, adverb

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