slight

[slahyt]
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adjective, slight·er, slight·est.

verb (used with object)

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. slidingly,
  2. slier,
  3. sliest,
  4. slieve,
  5. slieve donard,
  6. slighting,
  7. slightingly,
  8. slightly,
  9. sligo,
  10. slily

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

SYNONYMS FOR slight
2. insignificant, trifling, paltry. 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.

ANTONYMS FOR slight

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British Dictionary definitions for slights

slight

adjective

small in quantity or extent
of small importance; trifling
slim and delicate
lacking in strength or substance
Southwest English dialect ill

verb (tr)

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

noun

an act or omission indicating supercilious neglect or indifference
Derived Formsslightness, 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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Word Origin and History for slights
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Idioms and Phrases with slights

slight

see in the least (slightest).

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