[syn: lissome, lissom, lithe, lithesome, slender, supple, svelte, sylphlike]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Slender \Slen"der\, a. [Compar. Slenderer; superl.
Slenderest.] [OE. slendre, sclendre, fr. OD. slinder thin,
slender, perhaps through a French form; cf. OD. slinderen,
slidderen, to creep; perh. akin to E. slide.]
1. Small or narrow in proportion to the length or the height;
not thick; slim; as, a slender stem or stalk of a plant.
"A slender, choleric man." --Chaucer.
She, as a veil down to the slender waist,
Her unadorned golden tresses wore. --Milton.
2. Weak; feeble; not strong; slight; as, slender hope; a
Mighty hearts are held in slender chains. --Pope.
They have inferred much from slender premises. --J.
The slender utterance of the consonants. --J. Byrne.
3. Moderate; trivial; inconsiderable; slight; as, a man of
A slender degree of patience will enable him to
enjoy both the humor and the pathos. --Sir W.
4. Small; inadequate; meager; pitiful; as, slender means of
support; a slender pittance.
Frequent begging makes slender alms. --Fuller.
5. Spare; abstemious; frugal; as, a slender diet.
The good Ostorius often deigned
To grace my slender table with his presence.
6. (Phon.) Uttered with a thin tone; -- the opposite of
broad; as, the slender vowels long e and i.
[1913 Webster] -- Slen"der*ly, adv. -- Slen"der*ness,
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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]
2: very narrow; "a thin line across the page" [syn: slender,
3: having little width in proportion to the length or height; "a
4: small in quantity; "slender wages"; "a slim chance of
winning"; "a small surplus" [syn: slender, slim]
5: moving and bending with ease [syn: lissome, lissom,
lithe, lithesome, slender, supple, svelte,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
191 Moby Thesaurus words for "slender":
Junoesque, Lenten, Spartan, abstemious, agreeable, airy,
amply endowed, angustifoliate, angustirostrate, angustisellate,
angustiseptal, ascetic, asinine, attenuate, attenuated, austere,
becoming, bonny, boyish, braw, built, built for comfort, buxom,
callipygian, callipygous, catchpenny, circumscribed, close,
close-fitting, comely, confined, constricted, cramp, cramped,
crowded, curvaceous, curvy, deficient, delicate, diaphanous,
diluted, dwarfed, dwarfish, empty, ethereal, exiguous, fair, fat,
fatuous, feeble, fine, fine-drawn, finespun, flimsy, foolish,
frail, fribble, fribbling, frivolous, frothy, frugal, futile,
gauzy, girlish, goddess-like, good-looking, goodly, gossamer,
graceful, gracile, idle, impoverished, inadequate, inane,
incapacious, incommodious, insignificant, insubstantial,
insufficient, isthmian, isthmic, jejune, lacy, lanky, lean, light,
likely, limited, lissome, lithe, little, lovely to behold, meager,
mean, miserly, misty, narrow, near, negligible, niggardly,
nugacious, nugatory, off, otiose, outside, paltry, papery,
parsimonious, personable, pleasing, pneumatic, poor, presentable,
puny, rare, rarefied, reedy, remote, restricted, scant, scanty,
scarce, scrawny, scrimp, scrimpy, shallow, shapely, shy, sightly,
silly, skimp, skimpy, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim,
slimmish, slinky, small, spare, sparing, stacked, starvation,
statuesque, stingy, stinted, strait, straitened, stunted,
subsistence, subtle, superficial, svelte, sylphlike, tenuous, thin,
thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinnish, threadlike, tight,
trifling, trim, trite, trivial, twiggy, unlikely, unnourishing,
unnutritious, vacuous, vague, vain, vapid, wanting, wasp-waisted,
watered, watered-down, watery, weak, well-built, well-favored,
well-formed, well-made, well-proportioned, well-shaped,
well-stacked, willowy, windy, wiredrawn, wispy