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. Milton.


Weak; feeble; not strong; slight; as, slender hope; a slender constitution.

Mighty hearts are held in slender chains. Pope.

They have inferred much from slender premises. J. H. Newman.

The slender utterance of the consonants. J. Byrne.


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. Fuller.


Spare; abstemious; frugal; as, a slender diet.

The good Ostorius often deigned To grace my slender table with his presence. Philips.

6. Phon.

Uttered with a thin tone; -- the opposite of broad; as, the slender vowels long e and i.

-- Slen"der*ly, adv. -- Slen"der*ness, n.


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