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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slightly, somewhat, more or lessadverb

    to a small degree or extent

    "his arguments were somewhat self-contradictory"; "the children argued because one slice of cake was slightly larger than the other"

  2. slenderly, slimly, slightlyadverb

    in a slim or slender manner

    "a slenderly built woman"; "slightly built"


  1. slightlyadverb

    Slenderly; delicately.

    He was slightly built, but tall.

  2. slightlyadverb

    To a small extent or degree.

    He weighed slightly less than his wife who was a foot shorter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Slightlyadverb

    Etymology: from slight.

    Words, both because they are common, and do not so strongly move the fancy of man, are for the most part but slightly heard. Richard Hooker.

    Leave nothing fitting for the purpose
    Untouch’d, or slightly handled in discourse. William Shakespeare.

    You were to blame
    To part so slightly with your wife’s first gift. William Shakespeare.

    The letter-writer dissembles his knowledge of this restriction, and contents himself slightly to mention it towards the close of his pamphlet. Francis Atterbury.

    Long had the Gallick monarch uncontroul’d,
    Enlarg’d his borders, and of human force
    Opponent slightly thought. Philips.

    Scorn not the facil gates of hell too slightly barr’d. John Milton.


  1. slightly

    "Slightly" is an adverb that describes something that is to a small degree, extent or amount, or in a minor manner. It can be used to refer to something that is not severely, thoroughly or significantly conducted, altered, affected or noticeable. It often denotes a minimal or subtle deviation from a standard or mean.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slightlyadverb

    in a slight manner

  2. Slightlyadverb

    slightingly; negligently

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slightly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1189

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slightly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1010

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slightly' in Adverbs Frequency: #111

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slightly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slightly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of slightly in a Sentence

  1. Quentin Peel:

    Tactically it looked quite sensible because it made them clearly different from Labour, but it seems to have slightly blown up in their faces, as there's a general exhaustion among voters in the country -- they just want to get the whole thing over and done with -- there is a bit of a backlash.

  2. Craig Johnson:

    When you add in online sales on a comp basis, that pulls most retailers into a flat to slightly positive zone.

  3. Jack Siu:

    The most likely outcome – to which we assign a probability of 70% – sees both sides concluding a deal, albeit at perhaps a slightly delayed timeframe.

  4. Mike Tyson:

    I'm in trouble because I'm normal and slightly arrogant. A lot of people don't like themselves and I happen to be totally in love with myself.

  5. Patrick Blais:

    Yesterday they had such a big bounce, it was probably slightly overdone.

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