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
The wretch who slights the bounty of the
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
Syn. -- To neglect; disregard; disdain; scorn. --
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.
This my long-sufferance, and my day of grace,
Those who neglect and scorn shall never taste.
Slight, adv. Slightly. [Obs.
Think not so slight of glory.
Slight, v. t. [Cf. D. slechten to
level, to demolish.] 1. To overthrow; to
demolish. [Obs.] Clarendon.
2. To make even or level. [Obs.]
3. To throw heedlessly. [Obs.]
The rogue slighted me into the
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 (?), n. Sleight.
Slight (?), a.
[Compar. Slighter (?);
superl. Slightest.] [OE. sli?t,
sleght, probably from OD. slicht, slecht, simple,
plain, D. slecht; akin to OFries. sliucht, G.
schlecht, schlicht, OHG. sleht smooth, simple,
Icel. sl?ttr smooth, Sw. slät, Goth.
slaíhts; or uncertain origin.] 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." Milton.
Slight is the subject, but not so the
Some firmly embrace doctrines upon slight
2. Not stout or heavy; slender.
His own figure, which was formerly so
slight. Sir W. Scott.
3. Foolish; silly; weak in intellect.