adjective, slenderer, slenderest.
having a circumference that is small in proportion to the height or length: a slender post.
thin or slight; light and graceful: slender youths.
small in size, amount, extent, etc.; meager: a slender income.
having little value, force, or justification: slender prospects.
thin or weak, as sound.

1300–50; Middle English slendre, sclendre < ?

slenderly, adverb
slenderness, noun
unslender, adjective

2. Slender, slight, slim imply a tendency toward thinness. As applied to the human body, slender implies a generally attractive and pleasing thinness: slender hands. Slight often adds the idea of frailness to that of thinness: a slight, almost fragile, figure. Slim implies a lithe or delicate thinness: a slim and athletic figure. 4. trivial, trifling. 5. fragile, feeble, fine, delicate, flimsy.

2. fat, stocky. Unabridged
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slender (ˈslɛndə)
1.  of small width relative to length or height
2.  (esp of a person's figure) slim and well-formed
3.  small or inadequate in amount, size, etc: slender resources
4.  (of hopes, etc) having little foundation; feeble
5.  very small: a slender margin
6.  (of a sound) lacking volume
7.  phonetics (now only in Irish phonology) relating to or denoting a close front vowel, such as i or e
[C14 slendre, of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, probably from a Fr. source, often said to be from O.Fr. esclendre "thin, slender," which could be from O.Du. slinder, but the connections, and even the existence of these words, is doubtful. Slenderize "get slender" is from 1923.
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