Slender meaning

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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.

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Small in width or girth; narrow.

A slender waist.

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Having a slim, trim figure.

A slender girl.

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Small in amount or extent; meager.

Slender wages; a slender chance of survival.

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Small or limited in amount, size, extent, etc.; meager.

A student living on slender means.

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Of little force or validity; having slight foundation; feeble.

Slender hope.

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A rod is a long slender pole used for angling.

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(Gaelic languages) Palatalized.
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Origin of slender

  • Middle English sclendre, slendre

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

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