- 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 (“thin, slender”), from Old Dutch slinder (“thin, lank”), from Proto-Germanic *slindraz (“sliding, slippery”), from Proto-Indo-European *sleidh- (“to slip”). Cognate with Bavarian Schlenderling (“that which dangles”), German schlendern (“to saunter, stroll”), Dutch slidderen, slinderen (“to wriggle, creep like a serpent”), Low German slindern (“to slide on ice”). More at slide, slither.