Slight, v. t.
1. To overthrow; to demolish. [Obs.]
2. To make even or level. [Obs.]
3. To throw heedlessly. [Obs.]
The rogue slighted me into the river. --Shak.
Slight n. Sleight.
Slight a. [Compar. Slighter superl. Slightest.]
1. Not decidedly marked; not forcible; inconsiderable; unimportant; insignificant; not severe; weak; gentle; -- applied in a great variety of circumstances; as, a slight (i. e., feeble) effort; a slight (i. e., perishable) structure; a slight (i. e., not deep) impression; a slight (i. e., not convincing) argument; a slight (i. e., not thorough) examination; slight (i. e., not severe) pain, and the like. “At one slight bound.”
Slight is the subject, but not so the praise. --Pope.
Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds. --Locke.
2. Not stout or heavy; slender.
His own figure, which was formerly so slight. --Sir W. Scott.
3. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.
Slight, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Slighting.] To disregard, as of little value and unworthy of notice; to make light of; as, to slight the divine commands.
The wretch who slights the bounty of the skies. --Cowper.
To slight off, to treat slightingly; to drive off; to remove. [R.]
To slight over, to run over in haste; to perform superficially; to treat carelessly; as, to slight over a theme. “They will but slight it over.”
Syn: -- To neglect; disregard; disdain; scorn.
Usage: Slight, Neglect. To slight is stronger than to neglect. We may neglect a duty or person from inconsiderateness, or from being over-occupied in other concerns. To slight is always a positive and intentional act, resulting from feelings of dislike or contempt. We ought to put a kind construction on what appears neglect on the part of a friend; but when he slights us, it is obvious that he is our friend no longer.
Beware . . . lest the like befall . . .
If they transgress and slight that sole command. --Milton.
This my long-sufferance, and my day of grace,
Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste. --Milton.
Slight, n. The act of slighting; the manifestation of a moderate degree of contempt, as by neglect or oversight; neglect; indignity.
Syn: -- Neglect; disregard; inattention; contempt; disdain; scorn; disgrace; indignity; disparagement.
Slight, adv. Slightly. [Obs. or Poetic]
Think not so slight of glory. --Milton.
adj 1: having little substance or significance; "a flimsy excuse";
"slight evidence"; "a tenuous argument"; "a thin plot"
[syn: flimsy, tenuous, thin]
2: almost no or (with `a') at least some; very little; "there's
slight chance that it will work"; "there's a slight chance
it will work"
3: being of delicate or slender build; "she was slender as a
willow shoot is slender"- Frank Norris; "a slim girl with
straight blonde hair"; "watched her slight figure cross
the street" [syn: slender, slim]
n : a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of
anger or disapproval) [syn: rebuff]
v : pay no attention to, disrespect; "She cold-shouldered her
ex-fiance" [syn: cold-shoulder]