| The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.|
|ADJECTIVE:||Inflected forms: slight·er, slight·est|
1. Small in size, degree, or amount: a slight tilt; a slight surplus. 2. Lacking strength, substance, or solidity; frail: a slight foundation; slight evidence. 3. Of small importance or consideration; trifling: slight matters. 4. Small and slender in build or construction; delicate.
|TRANSITIVE VERB:||Inflected forms: slight·ed, slight·ing, slights|
1. To treat as of small importance; make light of. 2. To treat with discourteous reserve or inattention. 3. To do negligently or thoughtlessly; scant.
|NOUN:||1. The act or an instance of slighting. 2. 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). |
|ETYMOLOGY:||Middle English, slender, smooth, possibly of Scandinavian origin. See lei- in Appendix I.|
|OTHER FORMS:||slightness NOUN|
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