Anything slight is very small. There's a slight chance you'll run into a celebrity in New York City — in other words, don't count on it. A slight is also an insult, like giving someone the cold shoulder. Burr.

Every meaning of slight stems from the Old Norse for "small or flimsy." If you have a slight build, you're slim with small bones. A slight deviation from your plan is a tiny adjustment. As a verb, to slight means to ignore or be indifferent toward someone; it's also the noun for the act of ignoring. If you direct a movie and the star doesn't thank you in her award acceptance speech, you'll be offended at the slight.

Definitions of slight
  1. adjective
    (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some
    “there's slight chance that it will work”
    synonyms: little
    slight or limited; especially in degree or intensity or scope
    (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree
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    (quantifier used with mass nouns) great in quantity or degree or extent
    very great in quantity; overabundant
    relatively much but unspecified in amount or extent
    of so extreme a degree or extent
    of an incalculable amount
    more, more than
    (comparative of `much' used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning greater in size or amount or extent or degree
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  2. adjective
    lacking substance or significance
    slight evidence”
    synonyms: flimsy, fragile, tenuous, thin
    insignificant, unimportant
    devoid of importance, meaning, or force
  3. adjective
    being of delicate or slender build
    “watched her slight figure cross the street”
    synonyms: slender, slim, svelte
    lean, thin
    lacking excess flesh
  4. verb
    pay no attention to, disrespect
    synonyms: cold-shoulder
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    type of:
    brush aside, brush off, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore, push aside
    bar from attention or consideration
  5. noun
    a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
    synonyms: rebuff
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    cold shoulder, cut, snub
    a refusal to recognize someone you know
    silent treatment
    an aloof refusal to speak to someone you know
    type of:
    discourtesy, offence, offense, offensive activity
    a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
Commonly confused words

slight / sleight

Slight and sleight sound the same, but things that are slight are little and light, and sleight means slyness or sneakiness.

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