- 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
- Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
- Slight is the subject, but not so the praise.
- John Locke (1632-1705)
- Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds.
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- Mother very rightly resented the slightest hint of condescension. She considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, […] .
- Not stout or heavy; slender.
- a slight but graceful woman
- Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
- his own figure, which was formerly so slight
- (obsolete) Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Hudibras to this entry?)
- See also Wikisaurus:scrawny
- To treat as slight or not worthy of attention, to make light of.
- the wretch who slights the bounty of the skies
- To treat with disdain or neglect.
- To act negligently or carelessly.
- (military, of a fortification) To render no longer defensible by full or partial demolition.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Clarendon to this entry?)
- To make even or level.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Hexham to this entry?)
- To throw heedlessly.
- The rogue slighted me into the river.
- See also Wikisaurus:offend
slight (plural slights)
- The act of slighting; a deliberate act of neglect or discourtesy.
- Benjamin Franklin
- Never use a slighting expression to her, even in jest; for slights in jest, after frequent bandyings, are apt to end in angry earnest.
- Benjamin Franklin
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
- See also Wikisaurus:offense
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.