Adjective "Slight" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Small in degree; inconsiderable.
  1. 'a slight ankle injury'
  2. 'The air temperature is 26 degrees and there is slight westerly breeze blowing.'
  3. 'All human eyes have a slight degree of farsightedness at birth.'
  4. 'Customers do get us mixed-up however, which can cause a slight degree of chaos with orders!'
  5. 'They improve performance to a slight degree, but not by any factor that a typical user would notice, he says.'
  6. 'Aerodynamic limitations have been avoided to a slight degree at almost prohibitive cost and with consequent contamination.'
  7. 'Hence, the difference could only be explained by the use of a different negative, copied from the original with a slight degree of enlargement.'
  8. 'A slight degree of petulance had crept into his voice.'
  9. 'My hands were getting clammy and I was feeling a slight degree of nervousness.'
  10. 'We couldn't have asked for a better day, around 19 degrees Celsius, a slight breeze and hardly a cloud in the sky.'
  11. 'There were 21 injuries as a result of accidental fires a slight increase from last year but half of those reported were from just two incidents.'
  12. 'a slight romantic comedy'
  13. 'He is too light, too slight, too trivial, a figure with insufficient gravity.'
  14. 'While intelligent and elegant, they have seemed rather slight and concerned with relatively marginal problems.'
  15. 'This tale is rather slight, but the visual beauty and thrilling action make this a stunning work of animation.'
  16. 'He continues to direct good films, even if all of them are rather slight.'
  17. 'A woman writer who evokes an intensely personal landscape still finds she is dismissed as slight, precious, trivial.'
  18. 'I mean, this isn't Shakespeare, it's slight and rather broad comedy.'
  19. 'You can still interact with people, but those interactions are slight and superficial (in the on-the-surface sense) and ephemeral.'
  20. 'It's a slight work, but gives an insight into Puccini's early creativity.'
  21. 'Komorebi is a slight work made up of sketches and vignettes, whose very slightness is one of its most attractive qualities.'
  22. 'It is all rather slight, but the visual beauty and thrilling action make this a stunning work of animation.'
(of a person or their build) not sturdy; thin or slender.
  1. 'A large ill - fitting black jacket dwarfed his slight figure and his head bowed as he listened to the proceedings through the earphones he required because of a hearing impairment.'
  2. 'Live, Benson cut a slight figure, which contrasted with the muscular edge given to his exemplary material - highlighting the riffs and choruses to good effect.'
  3. 'He was short, perhaps even a little smaller than she, and, despite his enveloping cloak, she suspected that he was slight in build as well.'
  4. 'She was a rather slight, elderly woman with a nose that resembled the large beak of a macaw.'
  5. 'The family said Ms Hindson was about 160-170 cm tall and had a very slight build.'
  6. 'Fowler, whose brilliance defies her slight figure, plugged through to strike partner Helen Wix, who earned a short corner off the foot of Bethan Walsh.'
  7. 'Except for the fact that his hair was a solid black, the thin, slight boy of about fifteen or sixteen bore an uncanny resemblance to Kunihiko.'
  8. 'She was small, and thin, with a slight build, and dark, shoulder-length hair; I couldn't tell if it was black or dark brown.'
  9. 'She is being lifted bodily by a policeman, easily, for she is slight and frail.'
  10. 'He was of a slight build, about 5ft 10 in tall and between 30 and 35 years old.'


Insult (someone) by treating or speaking of them without proper respect or attention.
  1. 'They can be excessive in their devotions to Carlyle and Henry James and their denunciations can at times be annoying in slighting great writers such as Thackeray and Jane Austen.'
  2. 'Am I expiating the crime of slighting my father so much?'
  3. 'If any opponent slights his team, you can bet Belichick will find out and let it simmer on his players' minds.'
  4. 'Do you feel slighted by the early announcement?'
  5. 'When he slights Judy in front of his friends, Dennis is obviously furious, yet we see what kind of a parent he is when he invites her to make her own decision as to whether or not to forgive him.'
  6. 'He did not spend time slighting the enemy, but commenced to work on the minds and hearts of the British people.'
  7. 'It seems Mr Wyatt thought the injured person slighted him in some way but this offence is totally out of character.'
  8. 'There were plenty who would wish to slight John Brown and Queen Victoria.'
  9. 'Needless to say, the two slighted women had been less than thrilled concerning their banishment and protested their exclusion on a daily basis.'
  10. 'Joey's management company, afraid that the film was slighting their dead client for Johnny, demanded that the film-makers find more interview footage of Joey before okaying the final cut.'
Raze or destroy (a fortification)
  1. 'Temporarily Hadrian's Wall became redundant; gates were removed from the milecastles, and parts of the Vallum were deliberately slighted to form additional crossings.'
  2. 'In recognition of the part that castles had played in the war, the majority of surviving buildings were deliberately slighted by the victorious parliamentarians.'


An insult caused by a failure to show someone proper respect or attention.
  1. 'he was seething at the slight to his authority'
  2. 'I have no racism horror stories, no lists of slights and snubs.'
  3. 'However, between Hindu and Muslim communities, even rumors, supposed slights, or perceived insults can result in mass riots.'
  4. 'The details of supposed slights and implied insults are trivia.'
  5. 'People are extra-sensitive right now to atmosphere, undercurrents, moods and nuances, slights and slurs.'
  6. 'But many of the slights, misunderstandings and, yes, conniving, are typical of any bureaucracy, as officials pursue a range of different agendas.'
  7. 'Hopkins' hysteria was a sample of America's campus-based indignation industry, which churns out operatic reactions to imagined slights.'
  8. 'They experience the slights, stereotypes, and exclusions of racism but civil rights laws have made racial discrimination illegal, and most white Americans embrace the ideal of racial equality.'
  9. 'Rupe has a prodigious memory and holds grudges, slights and wrongs long and hard.'
  10. 'They can go to school, do everything right, and still not get that job, still deal with casual slights and insults, still get stopped by the police.'
  11. 'I don't think I keep grudges, although I tend to remember perceived slights or injustices.'


1. small in amount, degree, etc.: a slight increase; a slight odor.

2. of little importance, influence, etc.; trivial: a slight cut.

3. slender or slim; not heavily built.

4. frail; flimsy; delicate: a slight fabric.

5. of little substance or strength. verb (used with object)

6. to treat as of little importance.

7. to treat (someone) with indifference; ignore, especially pointedly or contemptuously; snub: to be slighted by society.

8. to do

More examples(as adjective)

"purchases can be slight to records."

"impacts can be slight to calms."

"impacts can be slight at filipinos."

"impacts can be slight after tumbles."

"turnovers can be slight at shares."

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Middle English; the adjective from Old Norse sléttr ‘smooth’ (an early sense in English), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch slechts ‘merely’ and German schlicht ‘simple’, schlecht ‘bad’; the verb (originally in the sense ‘make smooth or level’), from Old Norse slétta. The sense ‘treat with disrespect’ dates from the late 16th century.


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