Definitions for slight
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
On the primary side, there's probably a slight edge to loans. From a pure secondary to secondary standpoint, I think there is probably a slight edge to high-yield.
There are enough members of Congress that in the past have supported this that we think it is still a slight possibility this year, it would have to be in the lame-duck session, there is no doubt about that. And I am not at all predicting that this is going to happen, I'm saying we think there is a slight chance.
A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
'At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.'
The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure not a slight pleasure.
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Translations for slight
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- leicht, geringfügigGerman
- leve, insignificanteSpanish
- debole, insignificante, leggeroItalian
- drobny, małyPolish
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