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slender

[slen-der] /ˈslɛn dər/
adjective, slenderer, slenderest.
1.
having a circumference that is small in proportion to the height or length:
a slender post.
2.
thin or slight; light and graceful:
slender youths.
3.
small in size, amount, extent, etc.; meager:
a slender income.
4.
having little value, force, or justification:
slender prospects.
5.
thin or weak, as sound.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English slendre, sclendre < ?
Related forms
slenderly, adverb
slenderness, noun
unslender, adjective
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
2. fat, stocky.
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British Dictionary definitions for slenderness

slender

/ˈslɛndə/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
slenderly, adverb
slenderness, noun
Word Origin
C14 slendre, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slenderness

slender

adj.

c.1400, earlier sclendre (late 14c.), probably from a French source, often said to be from Old French esclendre "thin, slender," which could be from Old Dutch slinder, but the connections, and even the existence of these words, is doubtful. Related: Slenderly; slenderness.

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