Word Origin & History
slight from an O.Scand. source akin to O.N. slettr "smooth, sleek," from P.Gmc. *slikhtaz (cf. O.S. slicht; Low Ger. slicht "smooth, plain common;" O.E. -sliht "level," attested in eorðslihtes "level with the ground;" O.Fris. sliucht, M.Du. sleht, O.H.G. sleht, Goth. slaihts "smooth"), probably from a collateral form of PIE base *sleig- "to smooth, glide." Sense evolution is from "level" to "smooth, sleek" (c.1300), to "slender, weak" (1393), to "trifling, inferior" (1548). The verb sense of "treat with indifference" is first recorded 1597, from the adj. sense of "having little worth." Sense ...of Ger. cognate schlecht developed from "smooth, plain, simple" to "bad," and as it did it was replaced in the original senses by schlicht, a back-formation from schlichten "to smooth, to plane," a derivative of schlecht in the old sense.EXPAND
Example Sentences for slight
"He was probably afraid to tell you," said Halbert, with a slight sneer.
A free ticket was given to Robert in return for some slight service.
Mrs. Rushton was pleased with this mark of attention, and after a slight demur, accepted.
Celine stared, resting no slight weight on the hot flat-iron.
Robert glanced at Halbert's figure, slight compared with his own, and laughed.
I will drop you a slight hint, which you had better bear in mind.
She was almost in; it was only a slight dizziness, yet she could not see the light-house.
Yet the effort she made, and with success, to restrain the show of her anger, was far from slight.
For the first time, Mary was moved to the display of a slight confusion.
A slight noise had caught his ear, he had stooped, listening.