from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having little width in proportion to height or length; long and thin: a slender rod.
- adj. Thin and delicate in build; gracefully slim: "She was slender as a willow shoot is slender—and equally graceful, equally erect” ( Frank Norris).
- adj. Small in amount or extent; meager: slender wages; a slender chance of survival.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Thin; slim.
- adj. palatalized
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Small or narrow in proportion to the length or the height; not thick; slim.
- adj. Weak; feeble; not strong; slight.
- adj. Moderate; trivial; inconsiderable; slight.
- adj. Small; inadequate; meager; pitiful.
- adj. Spare; abstemious; frugal.
- adj. Uttered with a thin tone; -- the opposite of broad.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Small in width or diameter as compared with the length; slim; thin: as, a slender stem or stalk; a slender waist.
- In zoology, gracile; tenuous; attenuated: specifically noting various animals and some parts of animals.
- Weak; feeble; slight; lacking body or strength: as, a slender frame or constitution; slender hopes; slender comfort.
- Meager; small; scant; inadequate: as, slender means; slender alms.
- Moderate; inconsiderable; trivial.
- Not amply supplied.
- In phonography, the opposite of broad or open. Thus, ē and ī are slender vowels.
- Synonyms Fragile, flimsy, frail.
- Scanty, sparing, lean.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. small in quantity
- adj. very narrow
- adj. being of delicate or slender build
- adj. having little width in proportion to the length or height
- adj. moving and bending with ease
Middle English sclendre, slendre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)