[E]ven a slight edge in ability can translate into enormous payoffs.
His youthful views seem merely that, youthful, like his habit of drinking milk in hope of bulking up his slight, small frame.
It draws artists, writers, and city folks that have a slight flair for the bohemian.
It is very, very funny, the book, I think in a way that you know, a slight new departure in a way for you.
Paul was already on a doomed trajectory, having encountered the notorious dip and slight bend in the road at this point.
She marks her satisfaction with a slight tightening of the lips, and sits down.
She was almost in; it was only a slight dizziness, yet she could not see the light-house.
The slight information I gave you as to my niece was gleaned from him.
He had seen the slight mix-up when the Indian swerved in the straight.
The slight remains are principally embodied in a farm-house.
early 14c., "flat, smooth; hairless," probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse slettr "smooth, sleek," from Proto-Germanic *slikhtaz (cf. Old Saxon slicht; Low German slicht "smooth, plain common;" Old English -sliht "level," attested in eorðslihtes "level with the ground;" Old Frisian sliucht "smooth, slight," Middle Dutch sleht "even, plain," Old High German sleht, Gothic slaihts "smooth"), probably from a collateral form of PIE *sleig- "to smooth, glide, be muddy," from root *(s)lei- "slimy" (see slime (n.)).
Sense evolution probably is from "smooth" (c.1300), to "slim, slender; of light texture," hence "not good or strong; insubstantial, trifling, inferior, insignificant" (early 14c.). Meaning "small in amount" is from 1520s. Sense of German cognate schlecht developed from "smooth, plain, simple" to "bad, mean, base," and as it did it was replaced in the original senses by schlicht, a back-formation from schlichten "to smooth, to plane," a derivative of schlecht in the old sense [Klein].
c.1300, "make plain or smooth," from slight (adj.) Meaning "treat with indifference" (1590s) is from the adjective in sense of "having little worth." Related: Slighted; slighting.