Slen·der a. [Compar. Slenderer superl. Slenderest.]
1. Small or narrow in proportion to the length or the height; not thick; slim; as, a slender stem or stalk of a plant. “A slender, choleric man.”
She, as a veil down to the slender waist,
Her unadorned golden tresses wore. --Milton.
2. Weak; feeble; not strong; slight; as, slender hope; a slender constitution.
Mighty hearts are held in slender chains. --Pope.
They have inferred much from slender premises. --J. H. Newman.
The slender utterance of the consonants. --J. Byrne.
3. Moderate; trivial; inconsiderable; slight; as, a man of slender intelligence.
A slender degree of patience will enable him to enjoy both the humor and the pathos. --Sir W. Scott.
4. Small; inadequate; meager; pitiful; as, slender means of support; a slender pittance.
Frequent begging makes slender alms. --Fuller.
5. Spare; abstemious; frugal; as, a slender diet.
The good Ostorius often deigned
To grace my slender table with his presence. --Philips.
6. Phon. Uttered with a thin tone; -- the opposite of broad; as, the slender vowels long e and i.
-- Slen*der*ly, adv. -- Slen*der*ness, n.
adv 1: in a slim or slender manner; "a slenderly built woman";
"slightly built" [syn: slimly, slightly]
2: to a meager degree or in a meager manner; "these voices are
meagerly represented at the conference"; "the area is
slenderly endowed with natural resources" [syn: meagerly,
sparingly, meagrely] [ant: amply, amply]