What does slight mean?

Definitions for slight

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rebuff, slightadjective

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

  2. little(a), slightadjective

    (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, thinadjective

    lacking substance or significance

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

  4. 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"

  5. slight, cold-shoulderverb

    pay no attention to, disrespect

    "She cold-shouldered her ex-fiance"


  1. slightnoun

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

  2. slightnoun


  3. slightverb

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

  4. slightverb

    To treat with disdain or neglect.

  5. slightverb

    To act negligently or carelessly.

  6. slightverb

    To render no longer defensible by full or partial demolition.

  7. slightverb

    To make even or level.

  8. slightverb

    To throw heedlessly.

  9. slightadjective

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

  10. slightadjective

    Not stout or heavy; slender.

    a slight but graceful woman

  11. slightadjective

    Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.

  12. Etymology: From sliht, from slihtaz.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Slightadjective

    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.

  2. Slightnoun

    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.

  3. To Slightverb

    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.

    Junius, .

    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.


  1. slight

    Slight generally refers to something that is small in degree, not strong, or minimal in seriousness or size. It can also mean to treat someone with disrespect or without proper attention or care. The term can be used to describe a minimal amount, a minor insult, or a delicate and thin physical feature.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slightnoun


  2. Slightverb

    to overthrow; to demolish

  3. Slightverb

    to make even or level

  4. Slightverb

    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. Slightverb

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

  9. Slightnoun

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

  10. Slightadverb


  11. 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

  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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Slight is ranked #51396 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Slight surname appeared 405 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Slight.

    85.6% or 347 total occurrences were White.
    8.4% or 34 total occurrences were Black.
    3.2% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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

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  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

Examples of slight in a Sentence

  1. Ashley Ruba:

    The risks of contracting Covid from not wearing a mask are probably going to outweigh any slight issue about communication that kids might have.

  2. Richard Craig:

    For me it is like my brain goes fuzzy, and I get this slight tingle.

  3. Chihiro Ohta:

    Investors will refrain from taking large positions this week until these events are over, the majority of investors do not expect a policy change for now, but there is a slight expectation that the bank will ease some time soon and they will be looking for a sign in Kuroda's speech.

  4. George Jean Nathan:

    Women can form a friendship with a man very well but to preserve it--to that end a slight physical antipathy must probably help.

  5. New Testament:

    It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the history of the interpretation of Romans 13:1 -7.

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