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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from Middle Dutch slicht

slight

1 adjective
     
slight1 S2 W3 comparative slighter, superlative slightest
1 [usually before noun] small in degree [≠ big]:
a slight improvement
a slight increase
a slight change of plan
a slight pause
a slight problem
2

not the slightest chance/doubt/difference etc

no doubt, chance etc at all:
I didn't have the slightest idea who that man was.
3 someone who is slight is thin and delicate [≠ stocky]see usage note thin1
4

not in the slightest

British English spoken not at all:
'Did he mind lending you the car?' 'Not in the slightest.'
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thin, slim, skinny, slender, lean, slight
Thin is a general word meaning that someone has little fat on their body. It is usually, but not always, disapproving He's much too thin. Teenage girls all seem to want to be thin.Slim means thin in an attractive way her lovely slim figureSkinny is a fairly informal word meaning very thin, which is usually disapproving ridiculously skinny modelsSlender, lean, and slight are used mostly in written English.Slender means thin in an attractive and graceful way long slender legsLean means thin and looking strong and fit a tall, lean athleteSlight means thin and delicate-looking Her brother was very slight and looked younger than he was.See also thin

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