adjective, slight·er, slight·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of slight
Examples from the Web for slightly
Last March they gave Airbus a huge piece of new business, ordering 169 A320s and 65 of the slightly larger A321.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I notice he moves at a slightly slower pace than everyone else, and keeps his gestures compact.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Murders are slightly down from 414 last year, but have fallen by about one—third since 2003.
But Reconcile is from a slightly different arm of Houston hip-hop—more focused on spiritual triumph over the trap.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet|Stereo Williams|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The looks were slightly more feminine (and by slightly, we really mean slightly).
Books which are to be overcast and which have had the backs cut off are slightly glued to hold the leaves together.Library Bookbinding|Arthur Low Bailey
This is a slightly lower proportion of ministers per church than the region averages.The Church on the Changing Frontier|Helen O. Belknap
This point of the line is 11,653 feet above sea-level, only slightly less than that of the Chimborazo pass.Spanish America, Its Romance, Reality and Future, Vol. 1|Charles Reginald Enock
Hold hands, palms upward, well down in front, fingers and thumbs well separated and slightly curved; separate hands slightly.Indian Scout Talks|Charles A. Eastman
She bowed to him slightly, her eye just lingering in his; and then she turned to take the parcels for departure.Tess of the d'Urbervilles|Thomas Hardy
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).