Definition of Slight

1. Noun. A deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval).

Exact synonyms: Rebuff
Generic synonyms: Discourtesy, Offence, Offense, Offensive Activity
Specialized synonyms: Cold Shoulder, Cut, Snub, Silent Treatment
Derivative terms: Rebuff

2. Verb. Pay no attention to, disrespect. "She cold-shouldered her ex-fiance"
Exact synonyms: Cold-shoulder
Generic synonyms: Brush Aside, Brush Off, Discount, Dismiss, Disregard, Ignore, Push Aside
Derivative terms: Cold Shoulder

3. Adjective. (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with 'a') at least some. "There's a slight chance it will work"
Exact synonyms: Little
Similar to: Small
Also: Less
Antonyms: Much

4. Adjective. Lacking substance or significance. "A fragile claim to fame"
Exact synonyms: Flimsy, Fragile, Tenuous, Thin
Similar to: Insignificant, Unimportant
Derivative terms: Slightness, Tenuity, Thinness

5. Adjective. Being of delicate or slender build. "Watched her slight figure cross the street"
Exact synonyms: Slender, Slim, Svelte
Similar to: Lean, Thin
Derivative terms: Slenderness, Slightness, Slightness, Slimness

Definition of Slight

1. n. Sleight.

2. v. t. To overthrow; to demolish.

3. a. Not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe; weak; gentle; -- applied in a great variety of circumstances; as, a slight (i. e., feeble) effort; a slight (i. e., perishable) structure; a slight (i. e., not deep) impression; a slight (i. e., not convincing) argument; a slight (i. e., not thorough) examination; slight (i. e., not severe) pain, and the like.

4. v. t. To disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of; as, to slight the divine commands.

5. n. The act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity.

6. adv. Slightly.

Definition of Slight

1. Adjective. Small, weak(,) or gentle; not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe. ¹

2. Adjective. Not stout or heavy; slender. ¹

3. Adjective. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect. ¹

4. Verb. To treat as slight or not worthy of attention, to make light of. ¹

5. Verb. To treat with disdain or neglect. ¹

6. Verb. To act negligently or carelessly. ¹

7. Verb. (military of a fortification) To render no longer defensible by full or partial demolition. ¹

8. Verb. To make even or level. ¹

9. Verb. To throw heedlessly. ¹

10. Noun. The act of slighting; a deliberate act of neglect or discourtesy. ¹

11. Noun. Sleight. ¹

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Definition of Slight

1. small in size or amount [adj SLIGHTER, SLIGHTEST] : SLIGHTLY [adv] / to treat with disregard [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Slight

sliding pond
sliding ponds
sliding scale
sliding scales
sliding seat
sliding window
slight (current term)
slight care
slight of hand

Literary usage of Slight

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1912)
"slight pause; music of "Nocturne" can be repeated here about thirty-six bars. The lovers hardly realize even now their situation: that they are awake. ..."

2. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... and there is still Antony to deal with. 2The boy Lucius has been just outside the tent off stage; Brutus calls to him. 3A slight pause ..."

3. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (1874)
"IN WHICH A slight GLIMPSE IS HAD OF SAN FRANCISCO. IT was seven in the morning when Mr. Fogg, Aouda, and Passepartout set foot upon the American continent, ..."

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