What does slight mean?

Definitions for slightslaɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word slight.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rebuff, slight(adj)

    a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)

  2. little(a), slight(adj)

    (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some

    "little rain fell in May"; "gave it little thought"; "little time is left"; "we still have little money"; "a little hope remained"; "there's slight chance that it will work"; "there's a slight chance it will work"

  3. flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thin(adj)

    lacking substance or significance

    "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame"

  4. slender, slight, slim, svelte(verb)

    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"

  5. slight, cold-shoulder(verb)

    pay no attention to, disrespect

    "She cold-shouldered her ex-fiance"


  1. slight(Noun)

    The act of slighting; a deliberate act of neglect or discourtesy.

  2. slight(Noun)


  3. slight(Verb)

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

  4. slight(Verb)

    To treat with disdain or neglect.

  5. slight(Verb)

    To act negligently or carelessly.

  6. slight(Verb)

    To render no longer defensible by full or partial demolition.

  7. slight(Verb)

    To make even or level.

  8. slight(Verb)

    To throw heedlessly.

  9. slight(Adjective)

    Small, weak or gentle; not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe.

  10. slight(Adjective)

    Not stout or heavy; slender.

    a slight but graceful woman

  11. slight(Adjective)

    Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.

  12. Origin: From sliht, from slihtaz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slight(noun)


  2. Slight(verb)

    to overthrow; to demolish

  3. Slight(verb)

    to make even or level

  4. Slight(verb)

    to throw heedlessly

  5. Slight

    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

  6. Slight

    not stout or heavy; slender

  7. Slight

    foolish; silly; weak in intellect

  8. Slight(verb)

    to disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of; as, to slight the divine commands

  9. Slight(noun)

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

  10. Slight(adverb)


  11. Origin: [OE. slit, sleght, probably from OD. slicht, slecht, simple, plain, D. slecht; akin to OFries. sliucht, G. schlecht, schlicht, OHG. sleht smooth, simple, Icel. slttr smooth, Sw. slt, Goth. slahts; or uncertain origin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slight

    slīt, adj. weak: slender: of little value: trifling: small: negligent: not decided, superficial, cursory: slighting, disdainful.—v.t. to disregard, as of little value: to neglect: (obs.) to demolish, smooth.—n. neglect: disregard, an act of discourtesy.—advs. Slight′ingly; Slight′ly.—n. Slight′ness. [Old Low Ger. slicht, plain; Dut. slecht, bad, Ger. schlecht, straight.]

  2. Slight

    slīt, n. (Spens.), sleight, device, trick.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slight' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3373

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3217

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slight' in Adjectives Frequency: #349


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slight in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Monica Bertoia:

    Even preventing slight weight gain can help.

  2. Euripides:

    Slight not what's near, while aiming at what's far.

  3. Jack Ablin:

    Looks like a slight hangover from the party that we had last week.

  4. Sudirman Said:

    There might be a slight delay (to the project) due to this assessment.

  5. Yujiro Goto:

    The drop in the Greek stock market has put the euro under slight pressure.

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