Crossword clues for slender
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Slender \Slen"der\, a. [Compar. Slenderer; superl. Slenderest.] [OE. slendre, sclendre, fr. OD. slinder thin, slender, perhaps through a French form; cf. OD. slinderen, slidderen, to creep; perh. akin to E. slide.]
Small or narrow in proportion to the length or the height; not thick; slim; as, a slender stem or stalk of a plant. ``A slender, choleric man.''
She, as a veil down to the slender waist, Her unadorned golden tresses wore.
Weak; feeble; not strong; slight; as, slender hope; a slender constitution.
Mighty hearts are held in slender chains.
They have inferred much from slender premises.
--J. H. Newman.
The slender utterance of the consonants.
Moderate; trivial; inconsiderable; slight; as, a man of slender intelligence.
A slender degree of patience will enable him to enjoy both the humor and the pathos.
--Sir W. Scott.
Small; inadequate; meager; pitiful; as, slender means of support; a slender pittance.
Frequent begging makes slender alms.
Spare; abstemious; frugal; as, a slender diet.
The good Ostorius often deigned To grace my slender table with his presence.
(Phon.) Uttered with a thin tone; -- the opposite of broad; as, the slender vowels long e and i. [1913 Webster] -- Slen"der*ly, adv. -- Slen"der*ness, n.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1400, earlier sclendre (late 14c.), probably from a French source, often said to be from Old French esclendre "thin, slender," which could be from Old Dutch slinder, but the connections, and even the existence of these words, is doubtful. Related: Slenderly; slenderness.
a. thin; slim.
adj. being of delicate or slender build; "she was slender as a willow shoot is slender"- Frank Norris; "a slim girl with straight blonde hair"; "watched her slight figure cross the street" [syn: slight, slim]
very narrow; "a thin line across the page" [syn: thin]
having little width in proportion to the length or height; "a slender pole"
small in quantity; "slender wages"; "a slim chance of winning"; "a small surplus" [syn: slim]
Slender may refer to:
- Gracility or slenderness
Usage examples of "slender".
Though a bit slender for his taste, she was nevertheless rounded in all the right places and had enough height to accommodate his enormous frame.
The slender shafts supporting the arches are well grouped and contrasted.
Even Bardel could see the boy trembling in anticipation of punishment, saw too that the outlanders had taken a liking to the slender child.
The river was full of logs--long, slender, barkless pine logs--and we leaned on the rails of the bridge, and watched the men put them together into rafts.
Shada said, running a finger along her slender wineglass as the Imperials summoned the bartender over.
She was dark and willowy, her fingers long and slender: far more the Belter stereotype than Alice Jordan.
The enticingly slender nose, the elegant cheekbones, and the delicate structure of her winsome face in its entirety were admirable enough to bestir the heart of many of his gender, but it was her large, silkily lashed dark eyes, slanting ever-so-slightly upward beneath gracefully sweeping brows, that revived images of the young, gangly sprite she had once been.
A single slender path of blossomy clouds crossed this sky, like feathers left behind.
Venetian galley but more beam, and her long graceful stern and slender bowsprit was emphasized by comparison with the clumsy, apple-cheek bows of the ships of war near by.
The roof at the far end contained a hole below which in a minute courtyard there grew two laurel trees, very slender and branchless until they poked out of the hole to drink up a little sun.
Before us opened a hall of considerable size, consisting of three distinct vaults, defined by two rows of pillars, slender shafts resembling tall branchless trees, the capital of each being formed by a branching head like that of the palm.
With her stand two others, plates in hand-a brown-haired youth as tall as Brede and a slender black-haired girl taller than Kadara.
Zechtior Lukin studied them calmly, staring at their long shining bodies, their many-faceted eyes, their segmented orange breathing-tubes, their jutting beaks, their six slender bristly limbs.
The largest were the brotulids, ranging up to a yard long, with big heads tapering aft to slender, pointed tails.
The maguey was a warrior of the plant world, not only because its tall, slender leaves rose like a bunch of spears, but because of the power of its nectar and the uses of its flesh.