- An example of slight used as an adjective is a slight sunburn which is a small amount of sunburn.
- An example of slight used as an adjective is the phrase slight build which is a very thin person.
- light in form or build; not stout or heavy; slender
- frail; fragile
- having little weight, strength, substance, or significance: a slight criticism
- small in amount or extent; not great or intense: a slight fever
Origin of slightMiddle English (northern dialect, dialectal ) sliht from OE, kin to Old High German sleht, straight, smooth: for Indo-European base see slick
- to do carelessly or poorly; neglect
- to treat with disrespect or indifference; be discourteous toward
- to treat as unimportant
- Small in size, degree, or amount: a slight tilt; a slight surplus.
- Lacking strength, substance, or solidity; frail: a slight foundation; slight evidence.
- Of small importance or consideration; trifling: slight matters.
- Small and slender in build or construction; delicate.
transitive verbslight·ed, slight·ing, slights
- To treat (someone) with discourteous reserve or inattention: “the occasional feeling of being slighted at others' underestimating my charms and talents” ( Joseph Epstein )
- To treat as of small importance; make light of: “If I have … slighted the contributions of my many predecessors, let me offer a blanket apology” ( Joseph J. Ellis )
- To do negligently or thoughtlessly; scant: “It is a proper question to ask of an assignment whether some of its parts might be omitted or slighted” ( Stanley Fish )
- To raze or level the walls of (a castle or other fortification).
Origin of slightMiddle English slender, smooth possibly of Scandinavian origin ; see lei- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative slighter, superlative slightest)
- Small, weak, or gentle; not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe.
- a slight (i.e., feeble) effort; a slight (i.e., not deep) impression; a slight (i.e., not convincing) argument; a slight (i.e., not thorough) examination; a slight (i.e., not severe) pain
- Not stout or heavy; slender.
- a slight but graceful woman
(third-person singular simple present slights, present participle slighting, simple past and past participle slighted)
From Old English sliht, from Proto-Germanic *slihtaz.