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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Slight

SLIGHT, adjective [It seems that slight belongs to the family of sleek, smooth.]

1. Weak; inconsiderable; not forcible; as a slight impulse; a slight effort.

2. Not deep; as a slight impression.

3. Not violent; as a slight disease, illness or indisposition.

4. Trifling; of no great importance. slight is the subject, but not so the praise.

5. Not strong; not cogent. Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight grounds.

6. Negligent; not vehement; not done with effort. The shaking of the head is a gesture of slight refusal.

7. Not firm or strong; thin; of loose texture; as slight silk.

8. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.

SLIGHT, noun

1. Neglect; disregard; a moderate degree of contempt manifested negatively by neglect. It expresses less than contempt, disdain and scorn.

2. Artifice; dexterity. [See Sleight.]

SLIGHT, verb transitive

1. To neglect; to disregard from the consideration that a thing is of little value and unworthy of notice; as, to slight the divine commands, or the offers of mercy.

2. To overthrow; to demolish. [Not used.] 'The rogues slighted me into the river, ' in Shakespeare, is not used.

TO slight OVER, to run over in haste; to perform superficially; to treat carelessly; as, to slight over a theme.