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slight

7 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slight \Slight\, noun Sleight. --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slight \Slight\, verb (used with an object) [Cf. D. slechten to level, to demolish.]

1. To overthrow; to demolish. [Obs.] --Clarendon.

2. To make even or level. [Obs.] --Hexham.

3. To throw heedlessly. [Obs.]

The rogue slighted me into the river. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slight \Slight\, adjective [Compar. {Slighter}; superl. {Slightest}.] [OE. sli?t, sleght, probably from OD. slicht, slecht, simple, plain, D. slecht; akin to OFries. sliucht, G. schlecht, schlicht, OHG. sleht smooth, simple, Icel. sl?ttr smooth, Sw. sl[aum]t, Goth. sla['i]hts; or uncertain origin.]

1. Not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe; weak; gentle; -- applied in a great variety of circumstances; as, a slight (i. e., feeble) effort; a slight (i. e., perishable) structure; a slight (i. e., not deep) impression; a slight (i. e., not convincing) argument; a slight (i. e., not thorough) examination; slight (i. e., not severe) pain, and the like. "At one slight bound." --Milton.

Slight is the subject, but not so the praise. --Pope.

Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds. --Locke.

2. Not stout or heavy; slender.

His own figure, which was formerly so slight. --Sir W. Scott.

3. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect. --Hudibras.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slight \Slight\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Slighted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slighting}.] To disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of; as, to slight the divine commands. --Milton.

The wretch who slights the bounty of the skies. --Cowper.

{To slight off}, to treat slightingly; to drive off; to remove. [R.] -- {To slight over}, to run over in haste; to perform superficially; to treat carelessly; as, to slight over a theme. "They will but slight it over." --Bacon.

Syn: To neglect; disregard; disdain; scorn.

Usage: {Slight}, {Neglect}. To slight is stronger than to neglect. We may neglect a duty or person from inconsiderateness, or from being over-occupied in other concerns. To slight is always a positive and intentional act, resulting from feelings of dislike or contempt. We ought to put a kind construction on what appears neglect on the part of a friend; but when he slights us, it is obvious that he is our friend no longer.

Beware . . . lest the like befall . . . If they transgress and slight that sole command. --Milton.

This my long-sufferance, and my day of grace, Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slight \Slight\, adverb Slightly. [Obs. or Poetic]

Think not so slight of glory. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Slight \Slight\, noun The act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity.

Syn: Neglect; disregard; inattention; contempt; disdain; scorn; disgrace; indignity; disparagement.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

slight

adjective

1: (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with 'a') at least some; "little rain fell in May"; "gave it little thought"; "little time is left"; "we still have little money"; "a little hope remained"; "there's slight chance that it will work"; "there's a slight chance it will work" [syn: {little(a)}, {slight}] [ant: {much(a)}]

2: lacking substance or significance; "slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"; a fragile claim to fame" [syn: {flimsy}, {fragile}, {slight}, {tenuous}, {thin}]

3: being of delicate or slender build; "she was slender as a willow shoot is slender"- Frank Norris; "a slim girl with straight blonde hair"; "watched her slight figure cross the street" [syn: {slender}, {slight}, {slim}, {svelte}]

noun

1: a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval) [syn: {rebuff}, {slight}]

verb

1: pay no attention to, disrespect; "She cold-shouldered her ex-fiance" [syn: {slight}, {cold-shoulder}]

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