Definition of “slight” - English Dictionary

“slight” in British English

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slightadjective

uk /slaɪt/ us /slaɪt/

slightverb [ T ]

uk /slaɪt/ us /slaɪt/

slightnoun [ C ]

uk /slaɪt/ us /slaɪt/

an action that insults a person because someone fails to pay attention to them or to treat them with the respect that they deserve:

I regarded her failure to acknowledge my greeting as a slight.

(Definition of “slight” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“slight” in American English

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slightadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /slɑɪt/

slight adjective [ -er/-est only ] (SMALL IN AMOUNT)

small in amount or degree:

He speaks with a slight French accent.
She had a slight cold, but wasn’t feeling too bad.

slight adjective [ -er/-est only ] (THIN)

(of people) thin and delicate:

He was a young man of slight build with sensitive eyes and expressive hands.

slightverb [ T ]

us /slɑɪt/

slight verb [ T ] (INSULT)

to insult someone by not paying attention or by treating the person as unimportant:

He slighted his wife by neglecting to introduce her.

(Definition of “slight” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)