AskDefine | Define slight

Dictionary Definition

slight adj
1 having little substance or significance; "a flimsy excuse"; "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot" [syn: flimsy, tenuous, thin]
2 almost no or (with `a') at least some; very little; "there's slight chance that it will work"; "there's a slight chance it will work"
3 being of delicate or slender build; "she was slender as a willow shoot is slender"- Frank Norris; "a slim girl with straight blonde hair"; "watched her slight figure cross the street" [syn: slender, slim] n : a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval) [syn: rebuff] v : pay no attention to, disrespect; "She cold-shouldered her ex-fiance" [syn: cold-shoulder]

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English

Pronunciation

Adjective

slight (: slighter, : slightest)
  1. Small, weak or gentle; not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe.
    a slight (i.e., feeble) effort
    a slight (i.e., not deep) impression
    a slight (i.e., not convincing) argument
    a slight (i.e., not thorough) examination
    a slight (i.e., not severe) pain
  2. Not stout or heavy; slender.
  3. a slight but graceful woman
  4. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.

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Translations

insignificant

Verb

  1. To treat as slight or not worthy of attention, to make light of.
  2. To treat with disdain or neglect.
  3. To act negligently or carelessly.
  4. To overthrow; to demolish.
  5. To make even or level.
  6. To throw heedlessly.

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Noun

  1. The act of slighting; a deliberate act of neglect or discourtesy.
  2. Sleight.

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Dictionary notes

Extensive Definition

Slight is a surname, and may refer to:
  • Aaron Slight (born 1966), former professional motorcycle road racer
  • Jim Slight (1855-1930), Australian cricketer

See also

surname Slight

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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