Beholden to a base that, like a capricious autocrat, will turn against them at the slightest provocation.
Save for Warburton himself, not one of them ever offered us the slightest assistance, or, indeed, even spoke to us.
Though one time it was rumored that the left corner of his lip curled up into the slightest of smiles.
The cops gingerly transported King to a hospital, rightly guessing that the slightest jostle could have proved fatal.
The slightest deviation led to discipline that was severe and swift.
Capital is sensitive and seeks cover at the slightest alarm.
She must never be worried with the slightest inkling of what has happened.
My cousin, Mr. Greystock, says that there is not the slightest doubt.
That's why old Hiram is ready to fight the first comer on the slightest provocation.
There was never either the slightest friction or the least loose-play.
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.