Definitions for slight
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word slight.
a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
(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"
flimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous, thinadjective
lacking substance or significance
"slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame"
slender, slight, slim, svelteverb
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"
pay no attention to, disrespect
"She cold-shouldered her ex-fiance"
The act of slighting; a deliberate act of neglect or discourtesy.
To treat as slight or not worthy of attention, to make light of.
To treat with disdain or neglect.
To act negligently or carelessly.
To render no longer defensible by full or partial demolition.
To make even or level.
To throw heedlessly.
Small, weak or gentle; not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe.
Not stout or heavy; slender.
a slight but graceful woman
Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.
Etymology: From sliht, from slihtaz.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: slicht, Dutch.
Is Cæsar with Antonius priz’d so slight? William Shakespeare.
Their arms, their arts, their manners I disclose,
Slight is the subject, but the praise not small,
If heav’n assist, and Phœbus hear my call. Dryden.
Slight is the subject, but not so the praise;
If she inspire, and he approve my lays. Alexander Pope.
Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds, some upon no grounds, and some contrary to appearance. John Locke.
The shaking of the head is a gesture of slight refusal. Francis Bacon.
He in contempt
At one slight bound high overleap’d all bound. John Milton.
No beast ever was so slight
For man, as for his God, to fight. Hudibras.
Etymology: from the adjective.
People in misfortune construe unavoidable accidents into slights or neglects. Clarissa.
As boisterous a thing as force is, it rarely atchieves any thing but under the conduct of fraud. Slight of hand has done that, which force of hand could never do. South.
After Nic had bambouzled John a while, what with slight of hand, and taking from his own score, and adding to John’s, Nic brought the balance to his own side. Arbuthnot.
Etymology: from the adjective.
Beware lest they transgress and slight that sole command. John Milton.
You cannot expect your son should have any regard for one whom he sees you slight. John Locke.
The rogues slighted me into the river, with as little remorse as they would have drowned puppies. William Shakespeare.
These men, when they have promised great matters, and failed most shamefully, if they have the perfection of boldness, will but slight it over, and no more ado. Francis Bacon, Essays.
His death and your deliverance
Were themes that ought not to be slighted over. Dryden.
to overthrow; to demolish
to make even or level
to throw heedlessly
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
not stout or heavy; slender
foolish; silly; weak in intellect
to disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of; as, to slight the divine commands
the act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity
Etymology: [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
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.]
slīt, n. (Spens.), sleight, device, trick.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'slight' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3373
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'slight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3217
Rank popularity for the word 'slight' in Adjectives Frequency: #349
The numerical value of slight in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of slight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
While it's good to see a slight improvement in overall veteran unemployment rates, young, post-9/11 veterans are still unemployed at a rate almost 50 percent greater than their peers.
There is an area that is considerably more illuminated than the surrounding area, it just has seems to have a slight amount of fluorescence to it. A crater can be seen, and the area around the crater is quite bright.
I apologize for the slight delay; even presidents have problems with toner.
The Britishness of the brand is quite fresh in a way, it's slight different perhaps, so it's an exciting time for us.
Faith in the ability of a leader is of slight service unless it be united with faith in his justice.
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for slight
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- leicht, geringfügigGerman
- leve, insignificanteSpanish
- debole, insignificante, leggeroItalian
- drobny, małyPolish
Get even more translations for slight »
Find a translation for the slight definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Gaeilge (Irish)
- Українська (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Discuss these slight definitions with the community:
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"slight." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 6 Dec. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/slight>.