from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character or state of being slight, in any sense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being slight; slenderness; feebleness; superficiality; also, formerly, negligence; indifference; disregard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being slight, smallness, petiteness

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

  • noun smallness of stature
  • noun the property of an attractively thin person
  • noun the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous


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  • She turned to Amber, who took her up in his arms and set her in the saddle of one of the stallions; who, his bridle being released by the trooper, promptly leaped away and danced a spirited saraband with his shadow, until Naraini, with a strength that seemed incredible when one recalled the slightness of her wrists, curbed him in and taught him sobriety.

    The Bronze Bell

  • The "slightness" of the ribbons holding the pictures together can be compared to the temporal, narrative dimension of all writing, which Darwin finds many ways to downplay in favour of the synchronically viewable pictures which — as in his repeated use of extended similes introduced by "So" or "Hence" — he often asks us to juxtapose and compare quasi-spatially rather than merely as diachronically successive.


  • Unlike Ali, however, Obama occasionally acknowledges the slightness of his racial traumas.

    Deconstructing Obama

  • Unlike Ali, however, Obama occasionally acknowledges the slightness of his racial traumas.

    Deconstructing Obama

  • I was not merely being polite in expressing the slightness of my difference with Dr. Bauder.

    On the Latest Time of Nick « Unknowing

  • There is, to be sure, a slightness to Wife's pleasures.

    'Starter Wife' puts Debra Messing in the spotlight

  • So he gives us the colour of a leaf, the shape of a leaf: and most importantly, the essence of a leaf, which comes of its slightness, its vulnerability to gusts.

    Howard Hodgkin - the last English romantic painter

  • He was young, probably the same age as Will, and the impression of youth was heightened by his slightness.

    Clockwork Angel

  • Spines of iron, then, despite Sweeney's self-deprecating stammer and Sobule's diminutive stature (she's taken to playing a very small guitar, possibly to de-emphasize her slightness).

    Robert Rodi: The Joy of Jill & Julia

  • The slightness and frailty of her frame are simply too at odds with the grandeur of her costumes and the enormity of her hair, making her appear worryingly skeletal, and far too youthful to make the supposed age of her character even remotely believable.

    Simon’s take on THE DUCHESS… | Obsessed With Film


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