slight
Pronunciation
  • enPR: slīt, IPA: /slaɪt/
  • (America) IPA: [sl̥l͡ɐɪʔ̚]

Adjective

slight (comparative slighter, superlative slightest)

  1. Small
    1. gentle or weak, not aggressive or powerful
      give it a slight kick
      a slight hint of cinnamon
      a slight effort
      a slight (i.e. not convincing) argument
    2. not thorough; superficial
      make a slight examination
    3. inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe.
      • 1741, John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education & of the Conduct of the Understanding
        Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds.
      • 1717, Alexander Pope, “The Rape of the Lock”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume I, London: Printed by W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintot, […], OCLC 43265629 ↗, canto I:
        Slight is the subject, but not so the praise.
      we made a slight mistake
      a slight pain
    4. (archaic or rare) not far away in space or time
      in the slight future
    Synonyms: ignorable, meaningless, negligible, tiny, Thesaurus:tiny, Thesaurus:insignificant
  2. of slender build
    a slight but graceful woman
    • 1822, Sir Walter Scott, Peveril of the Peak
      his own figure, which was formerly so slight
    Synonyms: lithe, svelte, willowy, Thesaurus:slender
  3. (regional) Even, smooth or level; still (especially said of the sea).
    A slight stone
    The sea was slight and calm
    Synonyms: flat, glassy, slick, Thesaurus:smooth
  4. (obsolete) Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.
    Synonyms: daft, fatuous, soft in the head, Thesaurus:foolish
  5. (regional, obsolete) Bad, of poor quality.
    • 1889 (first published), George Washington, Writings
      we frequently have slight Goods and sometimes old and unsaleable Articles
    Synonyms: flimsy, lousy, shoddy, Thesaurus:low-quality
  6. (dated) Slighting; treating with disdain.
    Synonyms: contemptuous, disdainful, scornful, Thesaurus:disdainful
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Verb

slight (slights, present participle slighting; past and past participle slighted)

  1. (transitive) To treat as slight or not worthy of attention; to make light of.
    • the wretch who slights the bounty of the skies
  2. (transitive) To give lesser weight or importance to.
    • 1915, Correct English (volumes 16-17, page 182)
      Incontiguously (accent on tig; the rest of the syllables slighted) means in an incontiguous manner.
    Synonyms: belittle
    Antonyms: respect, value, esteem
  3. (transitive) To treat with disdain or neglect, usually out of prejudice, hatred, or jealousy; to ignore disrespectfully.
    Synonyms: contemn, despise
    Antonyms: respect, honor
  4. (intransitive) To act negligently or carelessly.
  5. (transitive, military, of a fortification) To render no longer defensible by full or partial demolition.
  6. (transitive) To make even or level.
  7. (transitive) To throw heedlessly.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene v]:
      The rogue slighted me into the river.
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Noun

slight (plural slights)

  1. The act of slighting; a deliberate act of neglect or discourtesy.
    Synonyms: ignoring, neglect, belittlement
    Antonyms: respect
    • Never use a slighting expression to her, even in jest; for slights in jest, after frequent bandyings, are apt to end in angry earnest.
  2. (obsolete) Sleight.
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