slightness

slight

[slahyt]
adjective, slighter, slightest.
1.
small in amount, degree, etc.: a slight increase; a slight odor.
2.
of little importance, influence, etc.; trivial: a slight cut.
3.
slender or slim; not heavily built.
4.
frail; flimsy; delicate: a slight fabric.
5.
of little substance or strength.
verb (used with object)
6.
to treat as of little importance.
7.
to treat (someone) with indifference; ignore, especially pointedly or contemptuously; snub: to be slighted by society.
8.
to do negligently; scamp: to slight one's studies.
noun
9.
an act or instance of slighting indifference or treatment: Slights marred his work.
10.
a pointed and contemptuous discourtesy; affront: She considered not being invited an unforgivable slight.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English (adj.) smooth, sleek, slender; compare Old English -sliht- in eorth-slihtes even with ground; cognate with German schlicht, Old Norse slēttr, Gothic slaihts smooth

slighter, noun
slightly, adverb
slightness, noun
overslight, adjective
unslighted, adjective


2. insignificant, trifling, paltry. 3. See slender. 4. weak, feeble, fragile. 5. unsubstantial, inconsiderable. 6. disdain, scorn. Slight, disregard, neglect, overlook mean to pay no attention or too little attention to someone or something. To slight is to give only superficial attention to something important: to slight one's work. To disregard is to pay no attention to a person or thing: to disregard the rules; in some circumstances, to disregard may be admirable: to disregard a handicap. To neglect is to shirk paying sufficient attention to a person or thing: to neglect one's correspondence. To overlook is to fail to see someone or something (possibly because of carelessness): to overlook a bill that is due. 9. neglect, disregard, inattention; disdain, scorn. 10. See insult.


1. considerable.
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slight (slaɪt)
 
adj
1.  small in quantity or extent
2.  of small importance; trifling
3.  slim and delicate
4.  lacking in strength or substance
5.  dialect (Southwest English) ill
 
vb
6.  to show indifference or disregard for (someone); snub
7.  to treat as unimportant or trifling
8.  (US) to devote inadequate attention to (work, duties, etc)
 
n
9.  an act or omission indicating supercilious neglect or indifference
 
[C13: from Old Norse slēttr smooth; related to Old High German slehtr, Gothic slaihts, Middle Dutch slecht simple]
 
'slightness
 
n

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slight
from an O.Scand. source akin to O.N. slettr "smooth, sleek," from P.Gmc. *slikhtaz (cf. O.S. slicht; Low Ger. slicht "smooth, plain common;" O.E. -sliht "level," attested in eorðslihtes "level with the ground;" O.Fris. sliucht, M.Du. sleht, O.H.G. sleht, Goth. slaihts "smooth"), probably from a collateral
form of PIE base *sleig- "to smooth, glide." Sense evolution is from "level" to "smooth, sleek" (c.1300), to "slender, weak" (1393), to "trifling, inferior" (1548). The verb sense of "treat with indifference" is first recorded 1597, from the adj. sense of "having little worth." Sense of Ger. cognate schlecht developed from "smooth, plain, simple" to "bad," 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.
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