slight

[[t]sla͟ɪt[/t]]
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slighter, slightest, slights, slighting, slighted
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is slight is very small in degree or quantity.

Doctors say he has made a slight improvement...

We have a slight problem...

A slight smile flickered over his face...

He's not the slightest bit worried.

Syn:
2) ADJ-GRADED A slight person has a fairly thin and delicate looking body.

She is smaller and slighter than Christie...

He is a slight, bespectacled, intellectual figure.

Derived words:
slightly ADV-GRADED ADV -ed

...a slightly built man.

3) VERB: usu passive If you are slighted, someone does or says something that insults you by treating you as if your views or feelings are not important.

[feel V-ed] They felt slighted by not being adequately consulted.

Derived words:
slighting ADJ-GRADED

...slighting references to her age.

N-COUNT: usu with supp
Slight is also a noun.

It's difficult to persuade my husband that it isn't a slight on him that I enjoy my evening class.

4) PHRASE: with brd-neg (emphasis) You use in the slightest to emphasize a negative statement.

That doesn't interest me in the slightest...

`Do you worry about ageing?' - `Not in the slightest.'


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Slight — Slight, a. [Compar. {Slighter}; superl. {Slightest}.] [OE. sli?t, sleght, probably from OD. slicht, slecht, simple, plain, D. slecht; akin to OFries. sliucht, G. schlecht, schlicht, OHG. sleht smooth, simple, Icel. sl?ttr smooth, Sw. sl[ a]t,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slight — Slight, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slighting}.] To disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of; as, to slight the divine commands. Milton. [1913 Webster] The wretch who slights the bounty of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slight — slight·er; slight; slight·ish; slight·ly; slight·ness; slight·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • slight — I adjective ancillary, auxiliary, diminutive, exiguous, exiguus, immaterial, inappreciable, inconsequential, inconsiderable, inferior, insignificant, levis, light, limited, little, meager, mean, minor, minute, modest, negligible, niggardly,… …   Law dictionary

  • slight — [adj1] insignificant, small fat, feeble, inconsiderable, insubstantial, meager, minor, modest, negligible, off, outside, paltry, petty, piddling, remote, scanty, slender, slim, sparse, superficial, trifling, trivial, unessential, unimportant,… …   New thesaurus

  • Slight — Slight, adv. Slightly. [Obs. or Poetic] [1913 Webster] Think not so slight of glory. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slight — is a surname, and may refer to:* Aaron Slight (born 1966), former professional motorcycle road racer * Jim Slight (1855 1930), Australian cricketeree also* Sleight …   Wikipedia

  • slight — [slīt] adj. [ME (northern dial.) sliht < OE, kin to OHG sleht, straight, smooth: for IE base see SLICK] 1. a) light in form or build; not stout or heavy; slender b) frail; fragile 2. having little weight, strength, substance, or significance… …   English World dictionary

  • slight|ly — «SLYT lee», adverb. 1. in a slight manner. 2. to a slight degree; a little; somewhat: »I know him slightly. 3. in a slighting manner; disdainfully …   Useful english dictionary

  • Slight — Slight, n. The act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity. [1913 Webster] Syn: Neglect; disregard; inattention; contempt; disdain; scorn; disgrace; indignity; disparagement …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slight — Slight, n. Sleight. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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