[ slahy-ting ]
/ ˈslaɪ tɪŋ /


derogatory and disparaging; belittling.


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Origin of slighting

First recorded in 1605–15; slight + -ing2


slight·ing·ly, adverb

Words nearby slighting

Definition for slighting (2 of 2)

[ slahyt ]
/ slaɪt /

adjective, slight·er, slight·est.

verb (used with object)


an act or instance of slighting or being slighted: The critics’ slights led her to change direction in her work.
a pointed and contemptuous discourtesy; affront: She considered not being invited an unforgivable slight.

Origin of slight

1250–1300; Middle English (adj.) smooth, sleek, slender; compare Old English -sliht- in eorth-slihtes even with ground; cognate with German schlicht, Old Norse slēttr, Gothic slaihts smooth


3 See slender.
4 weak, feeble, fragile.
5 unsubstantial, inconsiderable.
6 disdain, scorn. 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.
9 neglect, disregard, inattention.
10 See insult.

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Example sentences from the Web for slighting

British Dictionary definitions for slighting (1 of 2)

/ (ˈslaɪtɪŋ) /


characteristic of a slight; disparaging; disdainfulin a slighting manner

Derived forms of slighting

slightingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for slighting (2 of 2)

/ (slaɪt) /


verb (tr)


an act or omission indicating supercilious neglect or indifference

Derived forms of slight

slightness, noun

Word Origin for slight

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 with slighting


see in the least (slightest).

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