- The definition of slender is narrow in width, thin or slim in size, or having only a little force.
- An example of a slender person is someone who is 5'8 and 120 pounds.
- An example of a slender chance is for a candidate to only have a small chance of winning.
- small in width as compared with the length or height; long and thin
- having a slim, trim figure: a slender girl
- small or limited in amount, size, extent, etc.; meager: slender earnings
- of little force or validity; having slight foundation; feeble: slender hope
Origin of slenderMiddle English slendre, sclendre ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- a. Having little width in proportion to height or length; long and thin: a slender rod.b. Thin and delicate in build; gracefully slim: “She was slender as a willow shoot is slender—and equally graceful, equally erect” (Frank Norris).
- Small in amount or extent; meager: slender wages; a slender chance of survival.
Origin of slenderMiddle English sclendre, slendre.
(comparative slenderer, superlative slenderest)
From Middle English slendre, sclendre, from Old French esclendre (â€œthin, slenderâ€), from Old Dutch slinder (â€œthin, lankâ€), from Proto-Germanic *slindraz (â€œsliding, slipperyâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *sleidh- (â€œto slipâ€). Cognate with Bavarian Schlenderling (â€œthat which danglesâ€), German schlendern (â€œto saunter, strollâ€), Dutch slidderen, slinderen (â€œto wriggle, creep like a serpentâ€), Low German slindern (â€œto slide on iceâ€). More at slide, slither.