Definition of slender in English:



  • 1(of a person or part of the body) gracefully thin.

    ‘her slender neck’
    • ‘Her slender body glided gracefully, never once bending the weakened branches.’
    • ‘When the soldiers' lights fall on their slender bodies, they seem almost ethereal.’
    • ‘Covered in thin scales, their bodies were slender and flexible, with stabilising fins.’
    • ‘Every second that passed he felt a greater and more unbearable desire to possess this small, slender body.’
    • ‘It was clear she too was wearing a corset; she was slender for her age, but not that thin.’
    • ‘His silvery hair was unkempt, blood and bruises marred his slender body and he was skinnier than when he had come in.’
    • ‘Her slender body seemed thinner then before and she had wrinkles on her skin.’
    • ‘Her figure was so slender and graceful in the navy blue dress she wore.’
    • ‘Light spilled in from the hall, framing his slender body and giving him a well-deserved halo of gold.’
    • ‘The cat has a slender body with red-brown or gray fur, and black and white markings around its face.’
    • ‘Francisca came up with a simple mini dress that showed off her slender body.’
    • ‘I leaned my slender body to the side, resting the luggage on the pale tile floor.’
    • ‘My previously lost fighting instincts return as I line up my sights on his slender fighter's body.’
    • ‘Can such a slender body bear the weight of so much expectation?’
    • ‘This feline image was enhanced by her painted nails and thin slender body.’
    • ‘Falling to the ground in a graceful crouch was a slender figure, defiantly feminine.’
    • ‘Her forceful voice coupled with the wriggling of her waist on a slender body, was a great sight to watch.’
    • ‘They have slender and graceful bodies supported by very thin and long legs.’
    • ‘Their bodies are slender and dappled with brown or black spots on a gray background.’
    • ‘Its slender body allows it to weave in and out of crevices or hide in tight spots if threatened.’
    slim, lean, willowy, sylphlike, svelte, lissom, graceful, snake-hipped, rangy
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    1. 1.1(especially of a rod or stem) of small girth or breadth.
      ‘slender iron railings’
      • ‘Approaching the bird, anger turned to curiosity at seeming small green leaves sprouting from a slender twig.’
      • ‘A hand with a tight grip on his slender shoulder stopped him short, however.’
      • ‘A short and crooked trunk supports its broad range of slender branches and thick twigs.’
      • ‘When he came out of it, he held a short, slender wand of a light silvery color.’
      • ‘The stage is bare except for three slender tree trunks, a few clay pots and a basket.’
      • ‘Sibling growth units in equivalent positions tended to have a more slender stem for N. dombeyi than for N. pumilio.’
      • ‘They're very thin and delicate, with elegant slender stems and a simple, clean design.’
      • ‘He reaches over and picks up the slender rod he plans to use to simulate a rapier.’
      • ‘Her green satin dress made her look like a slender flower stem, crowned with petals of fiery hair.’
      • ‘About 20 percent of the cells move to the top of the blob and produce a slender stalk.’
      • ‘The first rib may be shorter than usual, slender and connected with the second costal cartilage.’
      • ‘Matthew saw a youth then, standing against the slender trunk of a light brown tree.’
      • ‘The slender girders, electrical cables and insulators look as if they had just come out of a package.’
      • ‘What gives it panache is the way the flower teeters on its ridiculously long, slender stem.’
      • ‘Forced rhubarb, with its slender, willowy stems, has been available since December.’
      • ‘Her lips were reducing to a slender line and she tried constantly to show some form of a crooked smile.’
      • ‘The morning drill took place before a red flag pitched on a slender tree trunk in the middle of a clearing.’
      • ‘The male blossom sits on a slender stalk, and the center stamen within the bloom contains the pollen.’
      • ‘Have a look at the thickness of the stakes in the picture compared to the slender stems of the roses.’
      • ‘Their long and slender stems glowed white in the blue shadows cast by the petal canopy above.’
  • 2(of something abstract) barely sufficient in amount or basis.

    ‘a slender majority of four’
    • ‘Whether the incident happened at all, or as relayed in the anecdote, it is a slender confection to link this to the party's victory.’
    • ‘A compelling theory was based therefore on slender threads of evidence.’
    • ‘The US House of Congress, which holds a slender Republican majority, will decide which slate of electors to accept.’
    • ‘England failed to limit Sri Lanka to a slender target after they resumed the fourth day just eight behind on 98 for six.’
    • ‘But this slender plot acts as a mere clothesline for a series of slapstick asides and cinematic in-jokes.’
    • ‘It took his season tally to 161 wins, a slender four ahead of his rival for the champion jockey title.’
    • ‘This is, admittedly, slender evidence on which to base general conclusions.’
    • ‘The scientific evidence that it improves memory is fairly slender, but that doesn't seem to deter many.’
    • ‘The only obvious weakness of these essays is that some of the conclusions rest on fairly slender numbers of cases or anecdotes.’
    • ‘The party also took Dundee East with a slender 383 majority, but failed to secure Ochil and South Perthshire.’
    • ‘We found that the evidence on which to base clinical decisions was slender.’
    • ‘By a slender majority of four to three, the High Court bought the argument.’
    • ‘In fact, the evidence for them ever existing is very slender compared to that for Jesus.’
    • ‘Despite slender evidence when tried at the Queen's Bench, he was indicted, convicted, and hanged.’
    • ‘Labour has a slender two-seat majority on the council and is defending eleven of the 20 seats up for grabs.’
    • ‘On this platform he won the 1996 election, albeit with a slender majority.’
    • ‘This may seem a somewhat slender basis for distinguishing this type of reference from a mere promise to negotiate.’
    meagre, limited, slight, modest, scanty, scant, sparse, small, little, paltry, inconsiderable, insubstantial, inadequate, insufficient, deficient, negligible, trifling
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Late Middle English: of unknown origin.