adjective, slight·er, slight·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of slight
Examples from the Web for slights
In any case, Pakistan as a nation has been unforgiving of any slights against Islam.Disco Mullah Blasphemy Row Highlights Pakistan’s Hypocrisy|Shaheen Pasha|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The discrimination and slights Abe experiences are “part and parcel of what we are experiencing in the world,” says Akhtar.Religion, Race, and a Broadway Hit: The Making of ‘Disgraced’|Tim Teeman|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The most important thing, he and these experts agreed, was finding an environment where slights never escalate to violence.
The tiniest of slights from any vaguely left-of-center source is converted into fuel for the rage machine.
“It inflates the ego,” which in turn opens up endless opportunity for slights both real and perceived.
I hardly think she has awakened to any slights put upon her by your set.Money Magic|Hamlin Garland
If he has ceased to love her, he slights her, if he still loves her, he slanders her.His Excellency the Minister|Jules Claretie
If she had remained in England after the novelty was over, she might have been subject to slights and mortifying neglect.The Story of Pocahantas|Charles Dudley Warner
And at that minute all Dolly's slights were fully compensated for!The Two Sides of the Shield|Charlotte M. Yonge
She had treasured slights where no slights were intended and vented irritabilities where none was justified.Sonia Married|Stephen McKenna
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).