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NOUN (1)

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


VERB (1)

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


ADJECTIVE (3)

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

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

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


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Slight \Slight\, v. t. [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. [1913 Webster] The wretch who slights the bounty of the skies. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Beware . . . lest the like befall . . . If they transgress and slight that sole command. --Milton. [1913 Webster] This my long-sufferance, and my day of grace, Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Slight \Slight\, v. t. [Cf. D. slechten to level, to demolish.] 1. To overthrow; to demolish. [Obs.] --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] 2. To make even or level. [Obs.] --Hexham. [1913 Webster] 3. To throw heedlessly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The rogue slighted me into the river. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Slight \Slight\, a. [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. [1913 Webster] Slight is the subject, but not so the praise. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Not stout or heavy; slender. [1913 Webster] His own figure, which was formerly so slight. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 3. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Slight \Slight\, n. Sleight. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Slight \Slight\, n. The act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity. [1913 Webster] Syn: Neglect; disregard; inattention; contempt; disdain; scorn; disgrace; indignity; disparagement. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Slight \Slight\, adv. Slightly. [Obs. or Poetic] [1913 Webster] Think not so slight of glory. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

slight adj 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] n 1: a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval) [syn: rebuff, slight] v 1: pay no attention to, disrespect; "She cold-shouldered her ex-fiance" [syn: slight, cold-shoulder]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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