Definition of slender in US English:

slender

adjective

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

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

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

Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

slender

/ˈslɛndər//ˈslendər/