[syn: slenderness, slightness, slimness]
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):
n 1: the quality of being slight or inadequate; "he knew the
slenderness of my wallet"; "the slenderness of the chances
that anything would be done"; "the slenderness of the
2: relatively small dimension through an object as opposed to
its length or width; "the tenuity of a hair"; "the thinness
of a rope" [syn: thinness, tenuity, slenderness] [ant:
3: the property of an attractively thin person [syn:
slenderness, slightness, slimness]