from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Small in size, degree, or amount: a slight tilt; a slight surplus.
  • adj. Lacking strength, substance, or solidity; frail: a slight foundation; slight evidence.
  • adj. Of small importance or consideration; trifling: slight matters.
  • adj. Small and slender in build or construction; delicate.
  • transitive v. To treat as of small importance; make light of.
  • transitive v. To treat with discourteous reserve or inattention.
  • transitive v. To do negligently or thoughtlessly; scant.
  • n. The act or an instance of slighting.
  • n. A deliberate discourtesy; a snub: "It is easier to recount grievances and slights than it is to set down a broad redress of such grievances and slights” ( Elizabeth Kenny).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Small, weak, or gentle; not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe.
  • adj. Not stout or heavy; slender.
  • adj. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.
  • v. To treat as slight or not worthy of attention, to make light of.
  • v. To treat with disdain or neglect.
  • v. To act negligently or carelessly.
  • v. To render no longer defensible by full or partial demolition.
  • v. To make even or level.
  • v. To throw heedlessly.
  • n. The act of slighting; a deliberate act of neglect or discourtesy.
  • n. Sleight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe; weak; gentle; -- applied in a great variety of circumstances
  • adj. Not stout or heavy; slender.
  • adj. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.
  • adv. Slightly.
  • n. Sleight.
  • n. The act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity.
  • transitive v. To overthrow; to demolish.
  • transitive v. To make even or level.
  • transitive v. To throw heedlessly.
  • transitive v. To disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of sly.
  • Plain; smooth (in a physical sense).
  • Slender; slim; thin; light; hence, frail; unsubstantial: as, a slight figure; a slight structure.
  • Slender in character or ability; lacking force of character or intellect; feeble; hence, silly; foolish.
  • Very small, insignificant, or trifling; unimportant.
  • Of little amount; meager; slender: as, a slight repast.
  • Of little weight, or force, or intensity; feeble; gentle; mild: as, a slight impulse or impression; slight efforts; a slight cold.
  • Of little thoroughness; superficial; cursory; hasty; imperfect; not thorough or exhaustive: as, a slight glance; slight examination; a slight raking.
  • Slighting; contemptuous; disdainful.
  • Synonyms Flimsy.
  • Petty, scanty, hurried.
  • To make plain or smooth; smooth: as, to slight linen (to iron it).
  • To make level; demolish; overthrow.
  • To throw; cast.
  • To treat as of little value, or as unworthy of notice; disregard intentionally; treat with intentional neglect or disrespect; make little of.
  • Synonyms Disregard, etc. See neglect, v. t.
  • A contraction of by this light or God's light.
  • n. An act of intentional neglect shown toward one who expects some notice or courtesy; failure to notice one; a deliberate ignoring or disregard of a person, out of displeasure or contempt.
  • n. Intentional neglect; disrespect.
  • n. Synonyms Disrespect. See the verb.
  • n. A more correct, but obsolete spelling of sleight.
  • n. A simplified and former spelling of sleight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pay no attention to, disrespect
  • n. a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
  • adj. (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some
  • adj. lacking substance or significance
  • adj. being of delicate or slender build


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, slender, smooth, possibly of Scandinavian origin; see lei- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English sliht, from Proto-Germanic *slihtaz.


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