Definition of slight noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//slaɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//slaɪt//
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slight (on somebody/something) an act or a remark that criticizes something or offends somebody synonym insult Nick took her comment as a slight on his abilities as a manager. Word OriginMiddle English; the adjective from Old Norse sléttr ‘smooth’ (an early sense in English), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch slechts ‘merely’ and German schlicht ‘simple’, schlecht ‘bad’; the verb (originally in the sense ‘make smooth or level’), from Old Norse slétta. The sense “treat with disrespect” dates from the late 16th cent.
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